Christine Keeler

Now that I’m back in Old Blighty, suffering from almighty jetlag, we watched the final episode of The Trial of Christine Keeler with fascination, not least because I hadn’t realised that Jeremy Hutchinson had acted in her defence, apparently, as shown in the film, brilliantly, but not enabling her to escape prison, by suggesting that Stephen Ward had not been her friend, as he previously appears in the film, nor encouraging her in prostitution, for which he was prosecuted, but had been grooming her for high society, an older man corrupting a younger girl, as she apparently thought by the end of her life. It’s a very effective critique of double standards in the early 1960s, before a more liberal society.

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