The long-awaited second season of A Very English Scandal is finally gaining traction as BBC and Amazon have cast The Crown‘s Claire Foy and WandaVision‘s Paul Bettany to headline the new season.
Foy and Bettany will play the Duchess and Duke of Argyll in the events surrounding the 1963 sex scandal involving the Duchess of Argyll, Margaret Campbell. In the midst of a messy divorce from her second husband, he brought sexually explicit images forth to damn the Duchess’ reputation, making her known as “The Dirty Duchess.”
“‘A Very British Scandal’ turns this scandal inside out in order to explore the social and political climate of post-war Britain, looking at attitudes toward women, and asking whether institutional misogyny was widespread at the time. As her contemporaries, the press, and the judiciary sought to vilify her, Margaret kept her head held high with bravery and resilience, refusing to go quietly as she was betrayed by her friends and publicly shamed by a society that revelled in her fall from grace.”
The second season will be a three-part series and production is set to begin later this year. Sarah Phelps, the writer behind many Agatha Christie adaptations, will pen the script.