‘The Trial of Christine Keeler’ recap: What happened in Episode 3?

The Trial of Christine Keeler continued in the UK tonight.

Based on one of the most infamous British true life stories, the BBC’s new period drama explores the chain of events in the 1960s which became known as the Profumo affair.

The Trial of Christine Keeler follows the cover-up of an affair between a British Minister and model Christine Keeler as the scandal threatens to bring down the government.

Written by award-winning novelist and screenwriter Amanda Coe (Apple Tree Yard), the six-part series stars James Norton (Grantchester), Sophie Cookson (Kingsman), Ellie Bamber (Les Miserables), Ben Miles (The Crown) and Emilia Fox (Silent Witness).

Here’s a plot recap for the third episode, which aired at 9pm on Sunday 5th January 2020 on BBC One:

London, Spring 1963. Christine finds herself a pariah in both London society and its West Indian communities.

She has moved out of Stephen Ward’s Marylebone flat, but her stalker, ‘Lucky’ Gordon, is still on the prowl. She is also frustrated that the tabloid has yet to publish her story.

Meanwhile, Dr Stephen Ward reports the suspicious theft of some of his private photographs, and persistent rumours force minister of war John Profumo into more denials and threats of legal action.

He continues to confidently dismiss the rumours to his wife and colleagues. But privately, he scrambles to stop the story. Running out of options, he orders Stephen to intervene.

At the same time, Mandy Rice Davies is enjoying her newfound press exposure. But the sordid tales of London’s society sex parties and affairs with young models embarrass Christine’s family.

With Johnny’s trial approaching, Christine considers running away from her problems.