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Episode 3

Pressure mounts and Christine flees to Spain. Profumo orders Stephen Ward to intervene as her story nears publication.

London, Spring 1963. Christine finds herself a pariah in both London society and its West Indian communities. She has moved out of Stephen Ward’s Marylebone flat, but her stalker, ‘Lucky’ Gordon, is still on the prowl. She is also frustrated that the tabloid has yet to publish her story.

Meanwhile, Dr Stephen Ward reports the suspicious theft of some of his private photographs, and persistent rumours force minister of war John Profumo into more denials and threats of legal action. He continues to confidently dismiss the rumours to his wife and colleagues. But privately, he scrambles to stop the story. Running out of options, he orders Stephen to intervene.

At the same time, Mandy Rice Davies is enjoying her newfound press exposure. But the sordid tales of London’s society sex parties and affairs with young models embarrass Christine’s family. With Johnny’s trial approaching, Christine considers running away from her problems.

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58 minutes

Audio described

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:03

    Jackie DeShannon

    Needles and Pins

  • 00:43

    Billy Fury

    The Twist Kid

Credits

Role Contributor
Christine Keeler Sophie Cookson
Stephen Ward James Norton
Mandy Rice-Davies Ellie Bamber
Valerie Profumo Emilia Fox
John Profumo Ben Miles
Bill Astor Michael Maloney
Redmayne Tim McInnerny
Writer Amanda Coe
Director Andrea Harkin
Producer Rebecca Ferguson
Production Company Ecosse Films
Production Company Great Meadow Productions

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