The story of Christine Keeler, the young woman at the centre of the Profumo affair, is to be told in a new six part BBC One drama.
Written by award-winning novelist and screenwriter Amanda Coe (Apple Tree Yard, Room At The Top) and produced by Ecosse Films, The Trial Of Christine Keeler takes us behind the headlines to tell a human story about the sexual and cultural politics of one of the most revealing and iconic stories of modern times.
At the centre of the storm was 19-year-old Christine Keeler – a young woman whom the powerful, male-dominated establishment sought to silence and exploit, but who refused to play by their rules.
Kate Triggs, Executive Producer for Ecosse Films says: “In 1963 Britain changed irrevocably. Old certainties about class, race and sex exploded. And 19-year-old Christine Keeler was the flame that lit the touchpaper.
“This is a story about change: a story for our times. I am thrilled to be working with Amanda Coe again and to see her brilliance shine through this original commission.”
Amanda Coe says: “I’m excited to have the opportunity to bring a fresh lens to a story that has become a powerful fable of our national identity.
“The astonishing story of Christine Keeler and the so-called Profumo affair is the Salem Witch Trial meets OJ Simpson – a perfect storm of gender, class, race and power that resonates into the world we’re living in today.”