Series based on real crimes and cases which at the time were very high in the media, and resulted in major scandals, have become fashionable in recent years, especially in the UK. ‘A very British scandal’ and ‘Manhunter: the night stalker’ are just the last two examples, but there are several more.
For– 11 Jan 2022
Series based on true events have undeniable appeal among the public. Outside true crime, the remediation of issues that at the time constituted a major, infamous scandal serves to show what society was like at the time and, at times, to re-contextualize what happened. This is an increasing trend so we recommend these seven series for you to check out.
‘A very British scandal’ / ‘A very British scandal’
Available on Amazon Prime Video and HBO Max.
Each of the two seasons of the series tells a different story drawn from the tabloids and courts of the ’60s and ’70s. Very British scandal It focuses on MP Jeremy Thorpe, a politician with great potential who has just been accused of trying to kill a young man who has been his lover for years. Very British scandal tells about the divorce of the Dukes of Argyll and how he used the press to paint a picture of his wife as a lecherous nympho.
The ‘Lewinsky Case’
Available on Netflix.
Third season of American Crime Story takes us to the 1990s and the scandal that nearly ended Bill Clinton’s presidency, becomes a target demotion (impeachment trial) for lying about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, an associate in the White House who eventually occupied the media center of an issue about countless jokes being made and which exposed all aspects of her private life. He ended up worse than the president.
‘How to get into the park’
Available on HBO Max.
In 2013, British police found two bodies buried in the backyard of Susan and Christopher Edwards’ home. They were his parents, who had been murdered fifteen years earlier. They are the protagonists of How to enter the park, a miniseries made to the glory of Olivia Colman, co-starring David Thewlis. Her Susan Edwards lives in a fantasy world where she is obsessed with memorabilia of old classic Hollywood stars like Gary Cooper.
Available on Movistar +, Vodafone TV and Orange TV.
From England we go to the 80s in Germany. In a forest in the state of Lower Saxony, the bodies of two couples appear days apart. Around the same time, a woman whose brother was the police chief in Hamburg disappeared, and who pressured local inspectors not to forget the case. The story that tells Dark Forest is the same one that centers a document from true crime latest from Netflix, In depth: the disappearance of Birgit Meier.
Available in Movie.
Colin Sutton, lead police officer Manhunt, are real people who participated in the investigations that were counted in each of the two seasons of the series. The first revolved around the 2004 murder of a French student, which Sutton resolved without any means and without his colleagues taking his hypothesis seriously. Second, entitled Hunt: night stalker, is still being reviewed by investigations of elderly rapists and serial killers conducted in south-east London between the early 1990s and mid-2000s.
‘Death in Salisbury’
Available on Movistar +.
In 2018, a major international scandal occurred when a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok in the English city of Salisbury. From that first case, more appeared and the city fell into chaos and fear, which was told in the miniseries Death in Salisbury. This is an issue in which the Russian secret services are involved, but fiction chooses to highlight the human side of the collateral victim of the ploy.
The ‘Christine Keeler Scandal’
Not available in Spain.
The Profumo case is one of the biggest scandals in recent British history. The government’s minister of war lost his job in 1963 for having been able to pass information on to a Soviet spy who was sleeping with the same woman as him, Christine Keeler, a young showgirl who seemed at the center of scandal as if she were going to arrange everything. The Christine Keeler Scandal he told everything from the young woman’s point of view.