15 certificateNotes on a Scandal is a Film programme that first aired in 2006 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Notes on a Scandal is a 4 star programme

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Notes on a Scandal (2006)

Directed by
Richard Eyre

New, naive art teacher Sheba (Cate Blanchett, pictured) finds the grim reality of an inner-city comprehensive school a shock to her bohemian ideals, but staffroom veteran Barbara (Judi Dench) offers her friendship and a firm guiding hand. Insinuating herself into Sheba's comfortable, upper middle-class homelife, Barbara views her older husband and demanding children with disdain, but only feels her new "relationship" threatened when she discovers Sheba's affair with a pupil. Making ever more desperate demands for attention, Barbara resorts to blackmail and threats to keep the younger woman in her thrall.

The ever-excellent Blanchett imbues Sheba with an optimistic recklessness that makes her foolish philandering wholly believable. However, the film undoubtedly belongs to the Oscar-nominated Dench, whose embittered battleaxe of a character will sink to any depths in pursuit of her obsession, while still retaining some measure of sympathy.

Adapted by screenwriter Patrick Marber from Zoƫ Heller's bestselling novel, Notes On A Scandal is a stunningly performed, grown-up drama that stays with you long after the credits have rolled.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 88 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2006

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: UK

Filmed in Colour


Image for Judi DenchJudi Dench...Barbara Covett
Image for Cate BlanchettCate Blanchett...Sheba Hart
Tom Georgeson...Ted Mawson
Michael Maloney...Sandy Pabblem
Image for Joanna ScanlanJoanna Scanlan...Sue Hodge
Image for Shaun ParkesShaun Parkes...Bill Rumer
Emma Kennedy...Linda
Syreeta Kumar...Gita
Andrew Simpson...Steven Connolly
Image for Philip DavisPhilip Davis...Brian Bangs
Wendy Nottingham...Elaine Clifford
Tameka Empson...Antonia Robinson
Leon Skinner...Davis
Image for Bill NighyBill Nighy...Richard Hart
Image for Juno TempleJuno Temple...Polly Hart