New BBC drama The Trial of Christine Keeler will take fresh look at one of the most infamous stories of the century

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by David Prior

A new BBC drama will take a fresh look at the Profumo Affair, one of the most infamous political stories of the 20th century.

Sophie Cookson, James Norton, Ellie Bamber, Ben Miles and Emilia Fox will lead a stellar cast in The Trial Of Christine Keeler, written by Bafta Award-winning screenwriter and novelist Amanda Coe, series produced by Rebecca Ferguson and directed by Andrea Harkin and Leanne Welham.

It will focus on the chain of events in the 1960s that came to be known as the Profumo Affair.

Christine Keeler was the 19-year-old woman who the powerful, male-dominated establishment sought to silence and exploit, but who refused to play by their rules.

Watch a trailer for The Trial of Christine Keeler

The six-part drama will tell the "human story about the sexual and cultural politics of one of the most revealing and iconic stories of modern times".

Sophie Cookson plays Christine Keeler with Ben Miles taking the role of John Profumo.

The Trial Of Christine Keeler is an Ecosse Films and Great Meadow co-production, commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Piers Wenger for BBC One. The BBC Commissioning Editors are Lucy Richer and Ayela Butt. Executive Producers are Amanda Coe, Douglas Rae, Kate Triggs, and Robert Bernstein.