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Piers Wenger, “Ben Whishaw is an extraordinary actor and we are thrilled to announce he will star opposite Hugh Grant in this scandalous real-life story for BBC One.

"I cannot wait to see this first-class British duo bring Russell’s powerful scripts to life." Whishaw most recently appeared in an episode of Queers (The Man on the Platform) , where he performed one of a series of monologues about the British gay experience.

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about the trial and acquittal of disgraced MP Jeremy Thorpe for conspiring to murder Scott in 1979.

Whishaw will star in Russell T Davies’ major three-part drama as the ex-lover of Thorpe, who will be portrayed by Hugh Grant.In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss.Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.The drama is based on the best-selling book of the same name, which was written by former Arts Editor of the In a statement T Davies said: "It’s a dream come true, to work with Ben.One of Britain’s finest actors playing one of history’s most fascinating men.Set during WWII, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.