The Trial Of Christine Keeler

The astonishing story of Christine Keeler and the so-called Profumo affair is the Salem Witch Trial meets OJ Simpson - a perfect storm of gender, class, race and power that resonates into the world we’re living in today.Amanda Coe
Date: 04.10.2017     Last updated: 04.10.2017 at 11.00
BBC One announces brand new six part drama commission from multi-award winning production company Ecosse Films. Written by award-winning novelist and screenwriter Amanda Coe (Apple Tree Yard, Room At The Top) the compelling drama takes a fresh look at one of the most infamous British stories: the chain of events in the 1960s which came to be known as the Profumo affair.

The Trial Of Christine Keeler takes us behind the headlines to tell a human story about the sexual and cultural politics of one of the most revealing and iconic stories of modern times. At the centre of the storm was 19-year-old Christine Keeler - a young woman whom the powerful, male-dominated establishment sought to silence and exploit, but who refused to play by their rules.

Kate Triggs, Executive Producer for Ecosse Films says: "In 1963 Britain changed irrevocably. Old certainties about class, race and sex exploded. And 19-year-old Christine Keeler was the flame that lit the touchpaper. This is a story about change: a story for our times. I am thrilled to be working with Amanda Coe again and to see her brilliance shine through this original commission."

Amanda Coe says: “I’m excited to have the opportunity to bring a fresh lens to a story that has become a powerful fable of our national identity. The astonishing story of Christine Keeler and the so-called Profumo affair is the Salem Witch Trial meets OJ Simpson - a perfect storm of gender, class, race and power that resonates into the world we’re living in today.”

The Trial Of Christine Keeler is an Ecosse Films drama for BBC One. The executive producers are Kate Triggs and Douglas Rae for Ecosse Films, Amanda Coe and Lucy Richer for BBC.

The series is commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama.

Endemol Shine will handle sales in all territories internationally.

Filming begins in the UK in 2018.

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