Anatomy of a Scandal: Netflix adapts Sarah Vaughan’s bestselling novel into suspenseful series starring Sienna Miller

An all-star cast including Michelle Dockery and Rupert Friend bring the psychological thriller about sexual consent to life on the small screen.

By Katie Archer Published: 6 January 2022 - 10.10am
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If you loved Behind Her Eyes on Netflix, you’ll be pleased to know that the streaming service is getting ready to launch another must-see thriller adaptation.

This time, Sarah Vaughan’s bestselling novel Anatomy of a Scandal gets the TV treatment and it’s attracted an impressive cast starring Sienna Miller.

Here’s all you need to know to whet your appetite for the forthcoming series.

What is Anatomy of a Scandal about?

The TV series is an adaptation of Sarah Vaughan’s novel of the same name, a hit psychological thriller about sexual consent.

Described by Netflix as an “insightful and suspenseful series”, it focuses on a sexual consent scandal among the British privileged elite, and the women caught up in its wake.

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Anatomy of a Scandal is the story of political high-flyer James, who is accused of a terrible crime, and his wife Sophie, who is utterly convinced that he is innocent.

But when the case goes to court, barrister Kate, who is prosecuting, has her own reasons for believing that James is definitely guilty – and she’s determined to prove it.

If you liked the TV adaptation of Apple Tree Yard, you won’t want to miss this similarly-paced thriller.

Who stars in Anatomy of a Scandal?

Heading up the cast in the two main roles of Sophie and Kate are Sienna Miller and Michelle Dockery.

Miller is best known for her roles in the films Layer Cake and Alfie.

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Dockery shot to fame as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey and is also known for roles in Godless and Good Behaviour.

They will be joined by Rupert Friend (Homeland, The Young Victoria) as the older version of James, as well as Ben Radcliffe (Pandora) who plays the character in his younger days.

How can you watch Anatomy of a Scandal?

The six-part TV series was announced by Netflix in May 2020 and was still completing casting early in 2021, but it is not ready to launch on the streaming service just yet.

When it is ready to debut, it will be available to stream exclusively on Netflix.

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