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Oxford campus appears in Netflix’s Anatomy of a Scandal

Georgie Cutmore reports.

Netflix’s Anatomy of a Scandal, which premiered on 15 April 2022, was partly filmed in Oxford. The six-part courtroom drama series, based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Vaughan, follows the life of Tory MP James Whitehouse (Rupert Friend) as he stands accused of sexual assault.

His wife and mother-of-two Sophie, played by Sienna Miller, fights to clear her husband and family from scandal. She meets her match in justice-hungry Kate Woodcroft QC (Michelle Dockery), the prosecution barrister for the case.

Both James and Sophie Whitehouse spent their undergraduate years at Oxford University.

Flashbacks to Oxford depict James’ time as a member of the elite, debauched society, the Libertines Club – itself inspired by the Bullingdon Club.

Filming occurred in Oxford between March 25 and 28, 2021. The show was shot in New College Lane, Brasenose Lane, Wadham, and Pembroke Square.

Similarly to the recent filming of Timothée Chalamet’s Wonka, Radcliffe Square was occupied by film trucks, equipment and production crews for the duration of the shoot.

Filming took place across the country. Some scenes meant to be based at Oxford University were filmed in Winchester College in Hampshire.

Image credit: Ray Harrington via unsplash.com

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