Thursday, 23 March 2017
639 The Member for Chelsea
First viewed : 24 August 1981
Here's one I realise I've missed from somewhat earlier.
The Member for Chelsea was a dramatisation of one of the Victorian era's most infamous political scandals. Sir Charles Dilke was a rising star of late Victorian politics, a radical Liberal tipped as a future leader but his prospects were smashed when he was cited in a divorce case by a fellow MP Donald Crawford. Dilke made things much worse for himself by needlessly taking the stand and though he remained an MP until his death years later his prospects of high office were smashed completely.
No one really knows what went on behind closed doors. If I remember correctly, the three part serial ( on consecutive nights ) posited the idea that the woman involved Virginia Crawford ( Felicity Dean ) was actually using Dilke ( Richard Johnson ) as cover for the active sex life she and her friends were enjoying with much younger men. There was a fair amount of nudity involved which is probably why I recall it, Miss Dean being particularly well endowed.