James Norton (“Grantchester”) and Ben Miles (“The Crown”) are set to star in BBC One’s six-part drama “The Trial of Christine Keeler” which deals with the infamous Profumo Affair and is set to air in 2019.
Sophie Cookson (“Kingsman: The Secret Service”) plays Keeler, the 19-year old woman who was involved in a relationship with John Profumo (Miles), the Secretary of State for War in Harold Macmillan’s Conservative government.
He initially lied to the House of Commons about the affair and the incident became a global scandal after it emerged that Keeler may have simultaneously been involved with a Soviet naval attache. One of the most famous published photos in modern history was one Lewis Morley took of Keeler sitting naked astride an Arne Jacobsen chair. Said chair is now a museum piece.
Norton plays Stephen Ward, the society osteopath who drew her into the in-crowd. Ellie Bamber also stars as Welsh model Mandy Rice-Davies, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett is jazz promoter Johnny Edgecombe, and Anthony Welsh is jazz singer Aloysius ‘Lucky’ Gordon.
The story was previously adapted for the big screen in 1989’s “Scandal” starring Joanne Whalley-Kilmer as Keeler, Ian McKellen as Profumo, John Hurt as Ward and Bridget Fonda as Rice-Davies.
“Apple Tree Yard” writer Amanda Coe penned the series which will be directed by Andrea Harkin for Ecosse Films and Great Meadow Productions. Rebecca Ferguson will produce and the project will be filmed on location in and around Bristol.