A topless Ben Whishaw and a violin-playing Hugh Grant star in the first trailer for BBC One and Amazon drama A Very English Scandal.

The broadcasters have released the first extended look at the Blueprint Television-produced three-parter, which tells the story of disgraced British politician Jeremy Thorpe, who was tried, but acquitted, of conspiring to murder his ex-lover, Norman Scott.

Grant stars as Thorpe and Ben Whishaw plays Scott. In the trailer, Scott claims he was a “victim”, while Grant’s character purrs “my little bunny” at the young man.

The drama is directed by Oscar nominee and BAFTA winner Stephen Frears and written by BAFTA winner Russel T Davies. Executive producers are Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin for Sony-backed Blueprint Television and Lucy Richer for the BBC.

Rounding out the key cast are Alex Jennings (The Queen, Victoria), Patricia Hodge (Miranda), Monica Dolan (Appropriate Adult), Adrian Scarborough (On Chesil Beach, The King’s Speech), Jason Watkins (The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies), Eve Myles (Victoria), Michele Dotrice (Starfish) and Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners).

“I can’t believe they can say this on the BBC,” says one of Scott’s relatives. Believe it, it’s airing soon.