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A Very British Scandal: Andrew Neil hits out at ‘self-entitled’ Duke and Duchess of Argyll as he brutally summarises BBC drama

Andrew Neil has spoken (Picture: BBC)

Andrew Neil didn’t mince his words as he summed up the BBC’s gripping three-part drama A Very British Scandal.

The new series, which is available to stream in full in iPlayer and began airing nightly on Boxing Day follows the Duchess of Argyll’s high-profile divorce in the 1960s.

Margaret Campbell, the duchess split from her husband Ian Campbell, the 11th Duke of Argyll, which brought to light accusations of forgery, theft, violence, drug-taking, secret recording, bribery and an explicit Polaroid picture.

The show highlights the social and political climate of post-war Britain and examines attitudes towards women to ask whether institutional misogyny was widespread at the time.

Giving his take on the programme, former GB News chairman Andrew wrote on Twitter: ‘Now seen all three eps of A Very British Scandal. Beautifully produced by BBC.

‘Basically it’s about two upper class, self-entitled, obsessed products of the social system with combined IQ in single figures who never worked day in their lives +no redeeming social value whatsoever.’


Responding to his take, a fan wrote: ‘Painful watch. Bloody good though.’

But Andrew doubled down on his opinion and wrote back: ‘As TV, v well made. But why should I care about these people.’

Claire Foy takes on the role of Margaret in A Very British Scandal, with Paul Bettany playing Ian.

A Very British Scandal concludes on BBC One on Tuesday night (Picture: BBC)

Reflecting on the intense focus on Margaret’s sexuality at the time, Claire said: ‘Most people have a sex life but they don’t go on about it all the time, nor should they have to.

‘Margaret’s sexuality seems to have become another personality or something outside of herself, which I find that really bizarre and strange.

‘Calling her the “Dirty Duchess” is so misogynistic and I would like to think things have changed but I don’t think they have.’

The drama series was made by Sarah Phelps, who previously wrote The Pale Horse, And Then There Were None and Dublin Murders, and directed by Norwegian film-maker Anne Sewitsky.

A Very British Scandal concludes on Tuesday night at 8pm on ITV.

Credit: Original article published here.

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