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on 14 June 2014
What an excellent production! Apart from providing a credible explanation of Lucan's disappearance, an unsolved mystery since 1974, when Lord Lucan disappeared, it provides a fascinating picture of a thoroughly dissolute sector of upper-crust society.
The story opens In 2003 when author John Pearson interviewed John Burke and Susie Maxwell-Scott, because he was writing a book called 'The Gamblers'. The Clermont Club was a casino in Mayfair run by the ruthless John Aspinall and Pearson centres his research on events there thirty years earlier. Lord Lucan, also called John Bingham, constantly loses money there and is given the ironic nickname 'Lucky' as a result. When Lucan's wife, Veronica, protests at the financial problems he is causing, he responds with contemptuous anger and violence. Aspinall advises him to create the impression that she is an unfit mother so that he can divorce her and get custody of the children. When his strategy fails, Lucan plots to murder Veronica but kills Sandra accidentally. Aspinall persuades other club members to close ranks to help the fugitive.
The rest of the story shows the terrible consequences of this action, especially for Dominic Elwes and for Lucan himself. It is fascinating stuff. Beautifully scripted and acted, this is well-worth watching.