Viewers brand finale of Very British Scandal 'boring'

Viewers brand finale of Very British Scandal ‘boringwith ‘predictableending but praise Claire Foy and Paul Bettany’s acting after dream sequence sees Duchess attacking her husband with an AXE

  • Viewers have branded the BBC One drama A Very British Scandal ‘boring
  • Finale s aw the Duchess of Argyll played by Claire Foy admit to her adultery in a dramatic ending scenewhich was branded ‘predictableby viewers online
  • Three-part drama tells the true story of Margaret, The Duchess of Argyll, che è morto in 1993 invecchiato 80
  • Viewers have branded the BBC drama A Very British Scandal ‘boringand ‘lacklustrewhile praising the acting of Claire Foy and Paul Bettany for portraying ‘disgustingly unlikable characters.

    In tonight’s finale of the racy British drama viewers saw the Duchess of Argyll played by Claire Foy admit to her adultery in a dramatic ending scenewhich was branded ‘predictableby viewers.

    The three-part drama tells the true story of Margaret, The Duchess of Argyll, che è morto in 1993 invecchiato 80.

    Lei was branded a nymphomaniac by her husband the 11th Duke of Argyll (interpretato da Paul Bettany) in their toxic 1963 divorce hearing, which became the longest and most costly of the 20th century.








    Nella scena, the Duchess is given a day from dawn to dusk to collect her belongings from Inveraray Castle - the family home she's been banned from staying in during the divorce hearing.

    She walks in at the crack of dawn to see her husband greet her as 'Satan' before grabbing an axe and branding him 'a f*****''.

    Nella scena, the Duchess is given a day from dawn to dusk to collect her belongings from Inveraray Castlethe family home she’s been banned from staying in during the divorce hearing. She walks in at the crack of dawn to see her husband greet her as ‘Satanbefore grabbing an axe and branding him ‘a f*****”.

    The Duke then cowers in a cupboard while his wife attacks him screaming she isn't unhinged in a Shining-esque scene.

    The Duke then cowers in a cupboard while his wife attacks him screaming she isn’t unhinged in a Shining-esque scene.

    He claimed she had taken on an amazing 88 amanti, including cabinet ministers, Hollywood stars and royals, durante il loro matrimonio.

    But despite the dramatic real life story, the BBC failed to capture the magic and humour of a ‘Very English Scandaland left many viewers bored.

    Uno ha scritto: ‘This is up there with the most boring things I’ve watched, all the characters are unlikable’.

    però, despite many praised the acting of Paul Bettany and Clare Foynoting one scene where the Duchess fantasises about acting her husband with an axe as ‘iconic’.

    Nella scena, the Duchess is given a day from dawn to dusk to collect her belongings from Inveraray Castlethe family home she’s been banned from staying in during the divorce hearing.

    She walks in at the crack of dawn to see her husband greet her as ‘Satanbefore grabbing an axe and branding him ‘a f*****”.

    The Duke then cowers in a cupboard while his wife attacks him screaming she isn’t unhinged in a Shining-esque scene.








    Uno ha scritto: ‘Claire Foy going full ‘Shining’ in ‘A Very British Scandal’ is incredible, peak British telly. Nothing says Christmas like someone wielding an axe and screaming expletives.

    Un altro ha aggiunto: ‘All the awards to Claire Foy and Paul Bettany for playing unlikable character so well.

    The ending saw the Duchess admit to adultery, after a picture of her performing oral sex on a man was circulated.

    Last night’s episode saw the Duchess entering her bathroom where a naked man is stood waiting.

    In the graphic scene, she performed a sexual act on a man in her Mayfair apartment while polaroid photographs are taken.

    In tonight's finale of the racy British drama viewers saw the Duchess of Argyll played by Claire Foy admit to her adultery in a dramatic ending scene - which was branded 'predictable' by viewers.

    In tonight’s finale of the racy British drama viewers saw the Duchess of Argyll played by Claire Foy admit to her adultery in a dramatic ending scenewhich was branded ‘predictableby viewers.

    Viewers praised Paul and Claire's acting but some branded the storylines boring and characters unlikable

    Viewers praised Paul and Claire’s acting but some branded the storylines boring and characters unlikable

    After first claiming the manwho’s face cannot be seenwas her husband, she later admitted in court it wasn’t him, and that it was her in the picture.

    However despite the steaminess of the moment, many of those watching slammed the TV drama as ‘depressing’, con una scrittura: ‘Trying to watch #AVeryBritishScandal but god, it’s a bit miserable innit? intendo, what’s it really about?’

    Meanwhile viewing figures overnight showed the steamy show had failed to bring in viewers, with a larger audience tuning in to watch ITV’s Family Fortunes Christmas Specialas well as the children’s film Paddington 2.

    The first three episodes aired on BBC1 the past three nights, though the full series has been available on iPlayer since Sunday night.

    La serie in tre parti, which started on Boxing Day, tells the real-life story of Margaret, who in the early 1960s was at the centre of scandal when her high-profile divorce case exposed her adventurous sex life.

    filante: Claire was seen stripping off in various scenes from the episode, donning black lingerie for one scene

    filante: Claire was seen stripping off in various scenes from the episode, donning black lingerie for one scene

    Viewers of A Very British Scandal have bemoaned the 'depressing' drama and 'beastly' characters as the series depicted the infamous 'headless man' polaroid

    Viewers of A Very British Scandal have bemoaned the ‘depressingdrama and ‘beastlycharacters as the series depicted the infamous ‘headless manpolaroid








    She dominated the front pages as her divorce from the Duke of Argyll (portrayed by Paul Bettany) played out – featuring accusations of forgery, furto, violenza, drugtaking, secret recording, bribery and the pictures.

    The first episode of A Very British Scandal took viewers by surprise as they watched Foy perform three sex scenes in the first 30 minutes of the first episodewith two different men.

    It showed Margaret seducing a man at a dinner party before romping with her on-screen husband at his Scottish stately home and in a cleaning cupboard at her parents’ proprietà.

    It comes just days after Foy spoke out about how she hates doing sex scenes, saying they make her feel ‘exploitedand that they are the ‘grimmest thing you can do’.

    The first episode took place just 16 minutes into the first episode, between Margaret and an unnamed stranger she meets at a fun-filled dinner party.

    Elsewhere in the episode, Paul Bettany's Duke of Argyll flew into a rage after Margaret refused to give him more money

    Elsewhere in the episode, Paul Bettany’s Duke of Argyll flew into a rage after Margaret refused to give him more money

    The moment the Duchess performed a sexual act on a man in her Mayfair apartment has been recreated in near-graphic detail in TV¿s racy drama about her life

    The moment the Duchess performed a sexual act on a man in her Mayfair apartment has been recreated in near-graphic detail in TV’s racy drama about her life








    Audiences never finds out the identity of this man, but in later scenes with a female friend, it is suggested that Margaret would regularly sleep with men she met the same evening.

    The second sex scene took place 26 minutes into the episode. It shows Margaret arriving at Inveraray Castle in Scotland, the home of Ian Campbell, the Duke of Argyll.

    At the time of their first meeting, the Duke was still married to Louise Timpson.

    But that didn’t stop the Duke and his guest from sleeping together. Moments after they had sex, he asked Margaret for her hand in marriage.

    The third comes very shortly after, a 29 minuti, just before Margaret takes Ian to meet her father for his approval of their marriage.

    They make a quick but racy stop-off in a cleaning cupboard, before going up to see Margaret’s parents.

    The photo: In the following scene, the actress opened a letter containing the explicit images (nella foto)

    The photo: In the following scene, the actress opened a letter containing the explicit images (nella foto)

    16 MINUTES IN: The first episode of A Very British Scandal took viewers by surprise as they watched Claire enjoy three sex scenes in the first 30 minutes of the first episode - with two different men

    16 MINUTES IN: The first episode of A Very British Scandal took viewers by surprise as they watched Claire enjoy three sex scenes in the first 30 minutes of the first episodewith two different men

    24 MINUTES IN: The second sex scene took place 26 minutes into the episode. It shows Margaret arriving at Inveraray Castle in Scotland, the home of Ian Campbell, the Duke of Argyll

    24 MINUTES IN: The second sex scene took place 26 minutes into the episode. It shows Margaret arriving at Inveraray Castle in Scotland, the home of Ian Campbell, the Duke of Argyll

    29 MINUTI: The third sex scene comes in at 29 minuti, shortly after the second, where the pair dash off into a cleaning cupboard before they meet Margaret's father for his approval of marriage

    29 MINUTI: The third sex scene comes in at 29 minuti, shortly after the second, where the pair dash off into a cleaning cupboard before they meet Margaret’s father for his approval of marriage

    Viewers could have expected a fair few sex scenes in the series, after Foy said ahead of its launch that she finds filming them unpleasant, and that they make her feel ‘exposedand ‘exploited’.

    Foy told BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour: ‘It’s a really hard line because basically you do feel exploited when you are a woman and you are having to perform fake sex on screen. You can’t help but feel exploited.

    ‘It’s grimit’s the grimmest thing you can do. You feel exposed. Everyone can make you try to not feel that way but it’s unfortunately the reality.

    Twitter users commented on how awkward it was to watch the three sex scenes in the presence of older family members.

    Uno ha detto: ‘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!’

    As Claire Foy is set to play Margaret, Duchess of Argyll in a new Boxing Day drama, those who knew the real aristocrat have revealed to society bible Tatler how she was 'strikingly beautiful' and had a 'ghoulish quality like Morticia Adams'

    As Claire Foy is set to play Margaret, Duchess of Argyll in a new Boxing Day drama, those who knew the real aristocrat have revealed to society bible Tatler how she was ‘strikingly beautifuland had a ‘ghoulish quality like Morticia Adams

    Margaret Campbell, Duchessa di Argyll (1912 - 1993) wearing an elaborate ballgown and tiara, 4giugno 1953.

    The programme comes from the team behind the BBC's A Very English Scandal, which starred Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw as politician Jeremy Thorpe and his lover, Norman Scott

    The programme comes from the team behind the BBC’s A Very English Scandal, which starred Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw as politician Jeremy Thorpe and his lover, Norman Scott – sinistra: la duchessa di Argyll, giusto: Claire Foy as the Duchess








    Louise Teboul similarly said: ‘Watching A Very British Scandal with my mother-in-law and OH [other half] – didn’t realise there was going to be so much sex in itawkward.

    Un altro ha aggiunto: ‘I forgot how awkward it was watching sex scenes with a parent till A Very British Scandal tonight.

    Michael Wave joked: ‘Sending thoughts and prayers to everyone else who is now locked into watching a very British scandal with their families, not realising how much sex there would be in it.

    Nato a 1912, l'unico figlio di un milionario scozzese che si è fatto da sé, Margaret è stata descritta dalla sua biografa Lyndsy Spence come "la ragazza di papà con un padre assente"., vivere con una madre gelosa che cercava di ricordare a Margaret ogni sua mancanza'.

    Allora, chi era l'uomo senza testa?

    The ‘Headless Manin the salacious pictures of the duchess disclosed in the divorce case has never been definitively identified. La società desiderava conoscere la sua identità, e al duca fu persino richiesto di posare nudo per dimostrare che il busto non era suo.

    Margaret (nella foto) ha portato nella tomba il segreto dell'identità dell'"uomo senza testa"

    Margaret (nella foto) portava il segreto dell'"uomo senza testa"’ identità alla sua tomba

    I sospettati includevano l'attore di Hollywood Douglas Fairbanks Jr e il diplomatico tedesco Sigismund von Braun, ma il principale tra loro era Duncan Sandys, il ministro della Difesa e il genero di Winston Churchill.

    Un canale 4 documentario in 2000 claimed that the ‘Headless Manwas in fact two different men – Sandys and Fairbanks Jr – but it seems this may be one secret Margaret carried with her to her grave.

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    Come tale, Margaret ha sviluppato una balbuzie per la quale è stata trattata senza successo da Lionel Logue, Logopedista di re Giorgio VI.

    Era solo 15 quando la futura star del cinema David Niven, due anni più di lei, l'ha messa incinta mentre era in vacanza sull'Isola di Wight, dopo di che suo padre l'ha mandata in una casa di cura di Londra per un licenziamento segreto.

    Da giovane donna, la sua bellezza era rinomata nella società ed era corteggiata da principi e milionari, benvenuto al drammaturgo Noel Coward, l'attore Cary Grant e il magnate del petrolio J Paul Getty, tra gli altri, alla sua casa di Mayfair. Ha continuato ad avere quattro fidanzamenti falliti prima di un matrimonio fallito con Charles Sweeny, un agente di cambio irlandese-americano.

    Il giorno del loro matrimonio 1933 era un affare affascinante, fermare il traffico per tre ore come 2,000 gli ospiti hanno frequentato il Brompton Oratory nella zona ovest di Londra mentre un altro 2,000 gli spettatori si sono riuniti per vedere lo straordinario treno di 28 piedi per il suo abito da sposa Norman Hartnell.

    Nonostante abbia una figlia, Frances, e un figlio, Brian, insieme, la relazione della coppia si è interrotta dopo 14 anni, con Margaret che affermava che tutto ciò che Charlie voleva in un coniuge era una "bambola piuttosto senza cervello".’ e hanno divorziato 1947.

    Nel 1951 ha sposato Ian Douglas Campbell, l'undicesimo duca di Argyll, after meeting him on a train at Paris’s Gare du Nord station in 1949. L'aveva perseguitata senza sosta, sapendo che lei era ricca mentre la sua proprietà non valeva nulla....

    Ha avuto pietà di lui e ha convinto suo padre a dargli £ 100.000 per ripristinare la sua sede di famiglia in Scozia, Castello di Inveraray. Il duca ha quindi firmato un atto di dono offrendo vari oggetti come garanzia per il denaro, e ha giurato di sposarla quando il suo divorzio fosse avvenuto.

    Dopo essersi sposati, la coppia ha vissuto nel lusso, sciare a St Moritz, vela alle Bahamas e vacanza a St Tropez. Stilisti e mondanità hanno fatto clamore intorno alla duchessa.

    Ma il duca presto mostrò i suoi veri colori, con voci sul gioco d'azzardo e sulla dipendenza da droghe e alcol, così come un brutto carattere.

    La coppia aveva accettato di avere un matrimonio aperto e vivere separatamente. 'Quanti uomini hai??,’ Bettany chiede. 'Quante donne hai??,’ Foy risponde.

    Ma arrabbiata perché la duchessa non finanziava più il suo stile di vita eccessivo, the duke hired private detectives to follow his wife. He filed for divorce.

    Al centro del caso c'era una serie di foto sfocate Polaroid scattate attraverso lo specchio del bagno dell'appartamento Mayfair della duchessa di lei che indossava nient'altro che il suo caratteristico triplo filo di perle. In qualche, stava intrattenendo un amante non identificato la cui testa era stata tagliata fuori dalla foto e che divenne noto come "l'uomo senza testa".

    Le foto erano state scoperte da suo marito, who allegedly hired a locksmith to gain access to his wife’s private papers.

    Many viewers noted the acting in a dream sequence which saw The Duchess attack the Duke with an axe

    Many viewers noted the acting in a dream sequence which saw The Duchess attack the Duke with an axe

    And yet the technicalities of the prehistoric legal system at that time (and the fact that many of her ‘loverswere gay) prevented the duchess from giving her side of the story without risking imprisonment.

    A Very British Scandal focuses especially on the attitudes towards women at the time, as Margaret was vilified throughout the divorce battle for refusing to go quietly, despite being betrayed by friends and publicly shamed by society.

    Ci sono voluti quattro anni dopo che ha chiesto il divorzio per ottenere un verdetto, che lo concesse al duca sulla base dell'adulterio di Margherita.

    She was ordered to pay most of the £50,000 legal bill. Nel frattempo non si diceva nulla dei suoi affari o del suo successivo matrimonio con Mathilda Mortimer, un ricco americano, solo sei settimane dopo.

    Dopo il caso Margaret ha litigato con sua figlia Frances, che non l'aveva voluta opporsi al divorzio, e grazie al suo stile di vita stravagante e ad alcuni cattivi investimenti la sua fortuna è diminuita. Ha perso la sua casa e, anche se alla fine si è riconciliato con Frances, i suoi figli l'hanno messa in una casa di cura a Londra, dove è morta senza un soldo in 1993.

    The original photograph showed Margaret – wearing nothing but a string of pearls – involved in a sexual act with a ‘headlessman in her home.

    The photo had been cropped at the man’s neck and for years his identity was unknown.

    però, a documentary in 2000 identified him as Cabinet minister and Winston Churchill’s son-in-law Duncan Sandys.

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