In the three-part drama, Grant will play the real-life Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, who was the first British politician in modern history to stand trial for murder. The project is based on a book by John Preston, which details the accusation against Thorpe that he conspired to murder his ex-lover, Norman Scott, in 1979. At the time, Thorpe had a promising political career ahead of him as the youngest leader of a British political party in a hundred years.
Russell T. Davies, a prolific British writer, will pen the screenplay for the drama, whose involvement was announced at the start of the month along with Frears.
This will be the first production for Blueprint Television and Treadwell-Collins, Graham Broadbent, and Pete Czernin will executive produce for the banner. Lucy Richer will co-exec produce for the BBC.
“Hugh is one of our most iconic British actors – sharp, witty, deeply human and nuanced – and to have him play one of the most controversial figures of British politics is utterly thrilling,” said Treadwell-Collins about the casting.
Grant’s last television role was in a 1993 episode of the BBC anthology series The Changeling. He’s primarily known for his role in various romantic comedies like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill. Most recently, he received critical acclaim for his performance in last year’s Florence Foster Jenkins and he’ll next be in the Paddington sequel. He’s repped by CAA and 42West.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor