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Airdate: The Trial of Christine Keeler

True story behind the Profumo Affair is dramatised in new BBC First series.

Anticipated UK drama The Trial Of Christine Keeler will screen on BBC First next month.

Written by BAFTA-winning novelist and screenwriter Amanda Coe and directed by Andrea Harkin, it takes a fresh look at one of the most infamous British stories: the chain of events in the 1960s that came to be known as the Profumo Affair.

At the centre of the storm was 19-year-old Christine Keeler – a young woman whom the powerful, male-dominated establishment sought to silence and exploit, but who refused to play by their rules.
The Trial of Christine Keeler goes behind the headlines to tell a human story about the sexual and cultural politics of a profile story.

It stars Sophie Cookson, James Norton, Ellie Bamber, Ben Miles and Emilia Fox.

This screened in the UK from late December.

Sunday, February 16 at 8.30pm on BBC First.

3 Responses

  1. Looking forward to this. After it was announced that call the midwife & silent witness was being fast tracked within an hour of uk broadcast I was was hoping it’d continue . But it doesn’t look like it will.

    1. I’ve raised this with BBC in the past. They maintain established titles get fast-tracked but not new titles as they need to promote. It isn’t always true, and I know it frustrates Foxtel as well. I think in part BBC doesn’t always disclose dates to international arms -odd I know.

  2. The “Profumo” refers to John Profumo, the government Minister who was involved in an affair with Christine and really came a cropper because he had initially denied any relationship with her in the sanctity of the House of Commons (compare and contrast with Bill Clinton and his line: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman!”) This led to one of the great limericks that went:
    “Oh what have you done”, cried the Queen,
    “You have wrecked the whole Party Machine.
    To lie in the nude
    Is not at all rude
    But to lie in the House is obscene!”

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