Award-winning director Alex Gibney explores a defining moment in modern American history in this must-watch six-part series
The Clinton Affair, Friday 9 August, 9pm, Lifetime® HD (CH 208). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > Lifetime
Oh, the 1990s. It was a time when grunge ruled the airwaves, Furbies were all the rage, and a political scandal had the potential to genuinely threaten a leader’s grip on power.
New to Lifetime®, documentary series The Clinton Affair takes a closer look at former US President Bill Clinton’s relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, shedding light on a scandal that got the world talking.
Directed by the renowned documentarian Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology & The Prison Of Belief, Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room), this unmissable six-part series features new and exclusive insight from Lewinsky, and takes viewers back to a time when Clinton’s career came perilously close to being destroyed.
Want to know more about The Clinton Affair? Here are five compelling reasons why you should tune in…
1. It’s truly gripping
Sex, lies, power, conspiracy theories… The Clinton Affair has got it all. Trust us, you’ll be scooping your jaw up off the floor following all the revelations in this absorbing (and totally addictive) series. If the whole thing wasn’t based on true events, you’d think it was a Box Set drama of the highest calibre.
2. Monica Lewinsky tells all
The former White House intern is among the main interviewees in the series and provides a gripping account of how the affair unfolded. What’s arguably more shocking than how her relationship with Bill came to be is how she was treated by the media and the American people after the affair went public.
3. Alex Gibney is at the helm
Gibney knows a thing or two about creating incredible documentaries. His previous work has covered some meaty topics, including Scientology, WikiLeaks, Al Qaeda and Steve Jobs. The Clinton Affair is another example of why the American is held in such high regard. You don’t just watch a Gibney documentary, you experience it.
4. It’s about more than just Lewinsky
Two other scandals involving Bill Clinton also feature in the documentary series. The first is what’s known as the Whitewater controversy. Throughout the 1990s, Bill and wife Hillary were repeatedly investigated after shady allegations about their property dealings came to light. The second is an accusation made by a woman named Paula Jones, who claimed she was sexually harassed by the former President when he was governor of Arkansas. Both act as fascinating subplots to an already fascinating series.
5. The archive footage is superb
From candid photographic stills to video clips that couldn’t be more 90s if they tried, The Clinton Affair is essentially a time machine disguised as a six-part series. What’s more, the archive material demonstrates how the scandal played out at a time when the phenomenon of rolling news coverage was taking off.
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