Watch BBC’s dramatic trailer for Hugh Grant’s new 1960s series ‘A Very English Scandal’

The first trailer has been released for the BBC’s upcoming period drama A Very English Scandal.

Written by Russell T Davies (Doctor WhoThe Grand) and directed by Stephen Frears (Florence Foster Jenkins), the BBC’s new darkly comic three-part mini-series features Four Weddings and a Funeral  star Hugh Grant in his first TV role in 20 years.

A Very English Scandal is the true story of an illegal love affair that threatened the life of one man and the entire British establishment.

Watch the trailer:

The official synopsis reads: “It is 1960s England, homosexuality is illegal and the politician Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) begins a whirlwind affair with a young stable hand, Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw). But when the relationship turns sour and Jeremy’s career goes from strength to strength, Norman becomes a secret that Jeremy is desperate to hide.

“In 1967, Jeremy becomes the leader of the Liberal Party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a hundred years, but as long as his ex-lover Norman is around, his brilliant career is at risk. Behind the oak-panelled doors of Parliament, Jeremy turns to his friends for decisive action. He can see only one way to silence him for good.”

The series is based on journalist John Preston’s book, A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies And A Murder Plot At The Heart Of The Establishment.

A Very English Scandal is expected to air on BBC One in the UK later this month.