Later this month, Netflix will premiere its new prestige drama, Anatomy of a Scandaland from the plot of the show, it certainly looks like it could be ripped from the headlines.
The six-part series, set in London, stars Rupert Friend as an MP named James Whitehouse who cheats on his wife, Sophie (Sienna Miller), with a younger woman on his team. While James clearly tells his wife about the affair, things get more complicated when the wife accuses James of rape. Not only does Sophie not know how to handle having her private life disrupted by her husband’s behavior, but the situation becomes public when James is brought to justice.
Michelle Dockery plays Kate, the prosecutor assigned to James’ trial, who is convinced of James’ guilt. The series was co-created by David E. Kelley and Melissa James Gibson, and is based on the book Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan. Are the book and TV series based on real events?
Is Anatomy of a Scandal a true story?
Anatomy of a Scandal is not based on any politician or real event. English writer Sarah Vaughan was a former courtroom correspondent and later a political journalist, and she said her experiences working in both fields informed the story of her book.
“While courtrooms and murder investigations helped me write a thriller, it was becoming a political correspondent that I became even more aware of power, privilege and rights – all issues at the heart of Anatomy of a Scandal… I also saw how sex scandals involving politicians broke out and played out,” Vaughan wrote.
And although she has covered many politicians in her past, including current Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who have been embroiled in affairs and sex scandals, none have been implicated in a story like the one that she created for her book.
Anatomy of a Scandal premieres on Netflix on April 15.