The village of Chittlehampton was brought to a standstill on Tuesday for filming of a new BBC drama. Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw were in the village shooting scenes for A Very English Scandal, a three-part drama about former North Devon MP Jeremy Thorpe. More than 40 villagers stood by as production crews filmed shots in the villages square. The role of Thorpe is being played by Grant, who wearing a black suit and a three-quarter length brown coat, chatted to locals in the village in between takes and had his picture taken before retreating to The Bell Inn. Scenes filmed in The Square included Whishaw, playing Norman Scott, riding up through the village on a white horse. The Bell Inns Kyran Jones said: Its been really exciting. This morning there were no cars in The Square for the first time in years. Theres been a buzz around the village. Its not every day you get Hugh Grant coming to visit and it puts the village on the map. The crew have all been really good and all the locals have been really helpful and weve not had to worry about traffic. Its all worked really well. Its enjoyable having something like this going on in quite a sleepy village. The drama follows the story of Thorpe, who served as North Devon MP from 1959-79 before his downfall after appearing in court charged with conspiring to commit murder. The productions location manager said the drama directed by Stephen Frears and written by Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies is a work of fiction rooted largely in historical fact. Filming in Chittlehampton was only expected to last a day, before the production crew moved on to Wales. The village scenes came the day after crews took to Saunton Sands, for what was understood to be a Californian-style beach hut scene. The production team worked with Christie Estates, who granted filming rights on the beach, and Saunton Beach Enterprises who have provided logistical support for the shoot. Paul and Lucie Tamlyn, of beach operators Saunton Beach Enterprises, said: Were delighted that once again Saunton has been chosen as a location for such a high profile production. A Very English Scandal is based on the bestselling book by the author and former arts editor of the Evening Standard and Sunday Telegraph John Preston.