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The Scandalous Lady W

In 1781, wealthy heiress Seymour, Lady Worsley, caused outrage when she cuckolded her husband, respectable MP Sir Richard Worsley, and ran away with her lover Captain George Bisset. Furious, Sir Richard responded by suing Bisset for criminal conversation and demanding a record £20,000 for the damage done to his property - Lady Worsley. While Seymour and Bisset hid out in a London hotel, Sir Richard and his lawyers set about proving his wife's infidelity through a series of devious schemes. When the case came to court, Sir Richard lied about his relationship with Seymour, painting a perfect picture of their marriage and persuading others to do the same. Bisset looked sure to be facing penury and prison until Seymour devised a bold plan. To save her lover from ruin, she disclosed a shocking secret - one that astounded the court, put her reputation in jeopardy and turned the trial into the greatest sex scandal of the 18th century.

Release date:

1 hour, 28 minutes

Last on

Christmas Eve 2015 22:40
BBC Two Wales

Filming locations

Filming locations

Scenes for The Scandalous Lady W were filmed at Clandon Park in Surrey before the devastating fire in April.

The Marble Hall, Green Drawing Room, Hunting Room, Saloon were used to represent Appuldurcombe House, Sir Richard Worsley’s estate and the Palladio Room was dressed as a hotel room.

Located near to Wroxall on the Isle of Wight, the real Appuldurcombe House is today the shell of a large 18th-century baroque country house cared for by English Heritage.  


Role Contributor
WriterDavid Eldridge
ProducerMadonna Baptiste
DirectorSheree Folkson
AuthorHallie Rubenhold
Seymour, Lady WorsleyNatalie Dormer
Sir Richard WorsleyShaun Evans
George BissetAneurin Barnard
Wet NurseRebecca Cooper
Baby Jane (Newborn)Albie Frost
Mr HesseRobert Morgan
Captain LeversuchAlex Beckett
Mrs LeversuchKirsty Hoiles
Elizabeth FiggElizabeth Rider
Mary SothebyJessica Gunning
Hannah CommanderRose Shalloo
Ann EkelsoScarlett Brookes
Viscount DeerhurstOliver Chris
James FarrarPeter Sullivan
Lord NorthRichard McCabe
Baby Jane (4 Months)Thomas Parker
Baby Jane (4 Months)Tyler Parker
Mr BearcroftWill Keen
Mr Wallace QCCraig Parkinson
ClerkGeorge Fouracres
Lord Chief Justice MansfieldDavid Calder
Jury ForemanJonathan Coote
FootmanThomas Coombes
Lord PeterboroughTom Edden
Dr OsbornMichael Bott
Mary MarriottSandra Huggett

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BBC Writersroom: Adapting The Scandalous Lady W

BBC Writersroom: Adapting The Scandalous Lady W

Screenwriter David Eldridge on how Hallie Rubenhold's book was ripe for drama.