BBC’s A Very Britsh Scandal made its grand debut on Sunday night, but some viewers found themselves in a rather awkward position after watching the steamy first episode with their parents in the room.
The three-parter, written by Sarah Phelps, tells the rise and fall of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll (Claire Foy), who was ‘hung out to dry’ by the press after a very public divorce battle with her husband Ian Campbell (Paul Bettany).
Speaking about the new series, Phelps called the drama a ‘tribute’ to Margaret’s life.
Episode one saw Margaret and Ian have sex three times during the first 30 minutes, and although the miniseries focuses on sex, revenge porn, and Margaret and Ian’s bitter divorce, this didn’t stop expressing their thoughts on Twitter.
One fan said: ‘Watching A Very British Scandal in front of my parents was not the best idea. Even at 37 seeing sex scenes on TV with them in the room is all kinds of awkward. Thanks @PhelpsieSarah!’
While another agreed and added: ‘Watching A Very British Scandal with my mother-in-law & OH – didn’t realise there was going to be so much sex in it – awkward.’
The raunchy scenes come after Foy described the process of filming them as ‘grim’ on the Woman’s Hour podcast on Radio 4.
Speaking to host Emma Barnett, she said: ‘It’s a really hard line because you do feel exploited when you’re a woman and you’re having to perform fake sex on screen,’ she explained.
‘You can’t help but feel exploited.’
’It’s grim, it’s the grimmest thing you can do,’ she added.
‘You feel exposed. Everyone can make you try to not feel that way but it’s, unfortunately, the reality.’
The Crown actress has already received rave reviews for her portrayal as the ‘Dirty Duchess’ however the star believes the real-life Duchess wouldn’t have been her biggest fan.
Claire told Metro.co.uk and other press: ‘She would have hated me! She would have been appalled!
‘Oh, my gosh, I mean, I can just almost hear her now, scathing… deeply, deeply disappointed that it’s me and not many other people I could name.’
Margaret, who died in 1993, was a regular fixture of the front pages at the time and was famous for her charisma, beauty, and style.
A Very British Scandal continues on Monday at 9pm on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.