‘The Trial of Christine Keeler’ recap: What happened in Episode 5?

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 fifth episode, which aired at 9pm on Sunday 19th January 2020 on BBC One:

London, Summer 1963. Stephen Ward is on trial at the Old Bailey in the trial of the decade.

Christine and Mandy’s statements against Stephen lead them to appear for the prosecution, which exposes them to the full force of screaming and morally outraged crowds outside the court.

As the trial begins, journalists descend from around the world.

Stephen trusts his friends in high places will come forward in support of his character, but while he faces the full force of the law and Mandy thrives on the publicity, Christine is terrified that her lie about Lucky Gordon will be revealed at his appeal.

Has she made a pact with the devil and forsaken Stephen?