A racy yet topical drama of the 1963 Profumo affair...

Recent revelations about Russian spies in London drew comparisons with the Profumo affair of 1963.

A good time, then, to give Michael Caton-Jones’ retelling of those events a DVD dust-off, if only to remind us of an era when political scandals were more than storms in diplomatic tea cups.

Joanne Whalley makes a sultry Christine Keeler to Ian McKellen’s stuffy Profumo, while John Hurt is splendid as the osteopath-cum-pimp who throws them together.

And while Bridget Fonda fails to nail Mandy Rice-Davies’ accent as effectively as she depicts her cheeky brio, it’s made up for by quality extras and the restoration of orgy footage considered too racy by the American censors.

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