A Very English Scandal season 2 release date, cast, trailer, plot

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After more than two years since season one concluded on BBC One, A Very English Scandal is returning for a second series. The critically-acclaimed show has become an anthology series, with the second outing focusing on a different scandal that gripped the British establishment. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about season two of A Very English Scandal including release date, cast, trailer, plot and more. 

When is A Very English Scandal season 2 out?

At the moment, the second outing of  A Very English Scandal season two does not have a release date.

The three-part series is expected to begin filming later this year, which means fans can expect a late 2021 or early 2022 release date. 

Season one of A Very English Scandal premeired in May 2018, one year after it was first announced by the BBC. 

If season two follows suit, fans can expect season two to land in Spring 2022. 

Express.co.uk will update this article when more information is available. 

A Very English Scandal season two will air on BBC One and the BBC iPlayer and will also be available to purchase on Amazon Prime Video in the UK.

In the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, viewers will be able to watch the series via Amazon Prime Video. 

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Who is in the cast of A Very English Scandal season 2?

The first two major cast members of the new series have been officially announced. 

The Crown’s Claire Foy will star opposite WandaVision’s Paul Bettany in the series.

Foy will take on the role of Margaret Campbell, the Duchess of Argyll and Bettany as Margaret’s second husband Ian Douglas Campbell, 11th Duke of Argyll.

Multi-award winning actress Foy is best known for playing young Queen Elizabeth II in the first two seasons of The Crown.

She is also well known for portraying Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall and Janet Shearon in First Man.

Bettany is a British-American actor, best known for playing Vision in the Marvel films Iron Man, The Avengers and Captain America.

His other well-known credits include A Knight’s Tale, Shelter, The Tourist and Legend.

What is A Very English Scandal season 2 about?

The second series of A Very English Scandal will not be a continuation of the story of Jeremy Pope.

Instead, the second outing will tell the story of a 1963 sex scandal involving Margaret Campbell, the Duchess of Argyll.

Also known as the ‘Dirty Duchess, Margaret hit headlines after images circulated of her performing a sex act on an unknown man at the time amongst other ‘scandalous’ stories at the time.

The series centres on her very messy divorce from her second husband,  Ian Douglas Campbell, 11th Duke of Argyll. 

The official synopsis reads: “A Very British Scandal turns this scandal inside out in order to explore the social and political climate of post-war Britain, looking at attitudes toward women, and asking whether institutional misogyny was widespread at the time.

“As her contemporaries, the press, and the judiciary sought to vilify her, Margaret kept her head held high with bravery and resilience, refusing to go quietly as she was betrayed by her friends and publicly shamed by a society that revelled in her fall from grace.”

Sarah Phelps, best known for being behind The Dublin Murders and The Pale Horse will take over from season one writer, Russell T Davies.

Phelps said: “Writing the story of Margaret’s life and the events leading up to and including her divorce from the Duke has been a passion project of mine since 1993 when I first heard her name and started learning about her.

“I felt very strongly that she’d been punished for being a woman, for being visible, for refusing to back down, be a good girl and go quietly. This drama is my tribute to her.”

Is there a trailer for A Very English Scandal season 2?

No, there is no trailer yet for A Very English Scandal season two.

A trailer is likely to drop closer to the show’s release date later. 

In the meantime, fans have been sharing their excitement for the new series online.

One fan tweeted: ” oh my god second season of a very english scandal claire oh my god.”

A second fan said: ” This looks great and great Cast.”

A third fan added: ” Two marvellous actors, and a scandal? What’s not to like!”

A Very English Scandal season 1 is streaming on the BBC iPlayer now 

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