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Episode 4

Christine’s star rises, while Profumo has to face the music. As the powers that be come after Stephen Ward in retribution, friendships and loyalties are tested to the limit.

London, spring 1963. Christine has returned from Spain as front page news and been put up in a hotel by a newspaper. Her Profumo article has been axed and affair rumours have been temporarily silenced by Profumo’s denial in Parliament. Nevertheless, Christine and Mandy are now hot topics for newspapers and magazines. But as Christine forges a new career, Lucky Gordon continues to circle and threaten.

Meanwhile, Profumo tries to move on from the rumours. With the establishment fearing another scandal, the police open an investigation into his one remaining vulnerability: the go-between for wealthy men and young women, Stephen Ward. Approaching breaking point, an increasingly desperate Stephen must convince the government to back down.

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59 minutes

Audio described

Music Played

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

  • 00:02

    The Searchers

    Sweets For My Sweet

  • 00:18

    Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

    Come Along

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
Lucky Gordon Anthony Welsh
Writer Amanda Coe
Director Andrea Harkin
Producer Rebecca Ferguson
Production Company Ecosse Films
Production Company Great Meadow Productions

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