Anatomy of a Scandal

  • 23 Apr - 29 Apr, 2022
  • Mag The Weekly

David E. Kelley’s adaptations of salacious novels become equally salacious cable and streaming dramas. They usually involve upper-class people living seemingly idyllic lives, until they’re upended by some sort of scandal, usually involving heinous crimes. His latest adaptation is no different. Barrister Kate Woodcroft (Michelle Dockery) is celebrating by working on her next case. Meanwhile, Sophie Whitehouse (Sienna Miller) is attending the birthday party of a friend’s husband, wondering where her husband James (Rupert Friend), a home minister and member of Parliament with close ties to the prime minister, is. He’s actually talking to a constituent, but he gets word that a scandal is about to break. Reports are about to come out that he was in a months-long affair with a subordinate named Olivia Lytton (Naomi Scott) that he only broke it off a few weeks prior. James does his best to manage the scandal, both with the press, public and Sophie. Sophie is rightly upset, but she knows that leaving him isn’t in her family’s best interest, or in the best interest of maintaining her status. But her resolve is shaken when she goes to Westminster to have lunch with James in the middle of his fellow MPs. James offers to quit politics because he’s devoted to Sophie and their family, which seems to soften Sophie’s stance a bit.

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