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.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Needles and Pins
The Twist Kid
|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|
|Production Company||Ecosse Films|
|Production Company||Great Meadow Productions|