Keeler, Profumo, Ward and Me

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Keeler, Profumo, Ward and Me


Here’s the perfect documentary-accompaniment to the dramatisation of the Profumo affair that ends tonight on BBC1. Journalist Tom Mangold was in the thick of it as a Fleet Street reporter when the scandal broke and he befriended Stephen Ward, the acknowledged scapegoat, though “he was a true libertine and no paragon of virtue,” says Mangold.

We hear tapes of Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies giving their accounts, but the real interest lies in Mangold’s friendship with Ward, who lived at Mangold’s house at the height of the furore. And he called Mangold in desperation on the night he would take his own life.

Mangold reads from a letter left for him by Ward: “…anyway, times were once good.”


Tom Mangold shares his experiences of reporting first-hand on the Profumo scandal, and shares the interviews he has conducted with several of the key players, including an exclusive audiotape interview with Stephen Ward, recorded two weeks before his suicide in 1963. Mangold shares his memories of Ward, whom he believes was unfairly scapegoated, and presents extracts from interviews conducted with both Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies, which have never been broadcast.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Tom Mangold
Director Steve Anderson
Executive Producer Steve Condie
Producer Steve Anderson