Airdate: The Trial of Christine Keeler

Free to Air premiere of the saga known as "The Profumo Affair" on ABC.

UK drama The Trial Of Christine Keeler will have its Free to Air premiere on ABC later this month.

Written by BAFTA-winning novelist and screenwriter Amanda Coe and directed by Andrea Harkin, the six-part series tells the story of 19-year-old Christine Keeler, who was at the centre of the political sex scandal that rocked the British government in the 60s aka “The Profumo Affair.”

Starring Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Gypsy), James Norton (Happy Valley, Grantchester, McMafia) and Ben Miles (The Crown), the series takes viewers behind the headlines to tell a human story about the sexual and cultural politics of one of the most revealing and iconic stories of modern times.

This screened on Foxtel in February 2020.

When the British Secretary of State for War John Profumo (Ben Miles), started an extramarital affair with Christine Keeler (Sophie Cookson) a much younger woman, it sparked a chain of events that came to be known around the world as the Profumo affair. The powerful, male dominated establishment at the time sought to silence and exploit Christine. But Christine had other ideas and she refused to play by their rules. The repercussions of the affair would shake the establishment to its core.

Written by BAFTA award-winning novelist and screenwriter Amanda Coe (Apple Tree Yard, Room at the Top, Life in Squares) and directed by Andrea Harkin (Come Home, Clique), The Trial of Christine Keeler, takes a fresh look at one of the most infamous British stories.

8:20pm Saturday August 21 on ABC.

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  1. Keeler was a young high school drop-out who gained notoriety because she had slept with most of the people caught up in the Profumo affair. It was short trial, she pled guilt to perjury for her false testimoney against Gordon, apparently given because the police leant on her. After being released on good behaviour after 4 1/2 months, she led a fairly unremarkable and miserable life. Despite James Norton and others it’s a fairly tawdry and uninteresting drama.

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