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Stan's new thriller Gaslit tells the story of Watergate as you've never seen it before.

There are certain images that come to mind when you think about the Watergate scandal. 

Secret files. Hushed midnight meetings. Seasoned journalists piecing together the puzzle. President Richard Nixon addressing the nation. 

An image that rarely comes to mind is that of an Arkansan socialite with big hair and an even bigger mouth, who was hellbent on telling the truth, no matter what the cost. 

Another image that rarely comes to mind is that same Arkansan socialite being kidnapped, drugged, held against her will, and silenced. If only for a brief period. 

Stan's new series Gaslit is a modern, star-studded political thriller that tells the little-known story of Martha Mitchell and shows a side of the Watergate scandal that you've never seen before. 

Watch the trailer for Gaslit, only on Stan. Post continues below. 

The series premiered on April 24, only on Stan, and is based on the first season of the hit podcast Slow Burn. It stars Hollywood heavyweights Sean Penn and Julia Roberts as John and Martha Mitchell. Gaslit also stars Dan Stevens as John Dean, Betty Gilpin as Mo Dean, Shea Whigham as G. Gordon Liddy, and Darby Camp as Marty Mitchell.

The eight-part series is a modern take on Watergate that focuses on the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal, from Nixon’s self-serving subordinates, to the deranged zealots aiding and abetting their crimes, to the silenced whistleblowers who would eventually bring the whole rotten enterprise crashing down.

According to Gaslit creator, executive producer, and showrunner Robbie Pickering, the goal of the series is to take the audience behind the scenes to twist the known narrative of the scandal in this thrilling, stranger than fiction tale of love, marriage, politics, hope and betrayal. 

"Gaslit is the Watergate story you’ve never heard before. At the centre of the show is Martha Mitchell, an unlikely whistleblower who is the first person to bust the whole scandal wide open and ultimately becomes the subject of a vicious White House smear campaign enacted in part by her own beloved husband, Attorney General John Mitchell," Pickering said in a statement.

"I can’t wait for viewers to experience the extraordinary performances in this remarkable ensemble, led by Julia Roberts, brought to life in this thrilling, stranger-than-fiction tale of marriage, love, betrayal, and ultimately, hope."

While the series tells the stories of many of the forgotten characters of the Watergate scandal, it primarily focuses on the story of John and Martha Mitchell. 

Penn is almost unrecognisable as Nixon's self-serving lackey Attorney General John Mitchell. Roberts plays John's wife Martha, a card-carrying member of the Republican party and an Arkansan socialite who had a penchant for drinking whiskey and calling journalists late at night. Martha was so well-known in certain circles, she earned the name “the Mouth of the South”, while the New York Times once called her “the most talked about, talkative woman in Washington”. 

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John and Martha Mitchell's lives changed forever after five people broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Washington, D.C. Watergate Office Building on June 17, 1972. 

In the days that followed, through listening into her husband's phone calls and meetings and snooping through his paperwork, Martha came to realise that John had authorised the break-in on behalf of the Nixon administration.

Despite her own affiliation with the party and her husband's job, Martha became determined to blow the whistle on the administration.  

After her husband left her in a hotel in California, she phoned Helen Thomas, a journalist at United Press International, to tell her she was planning to leave John and expose his lies. However, the phone call ended abruptly after Thomas heard Martha say: "You just get away." 

What follows is an unbelievable tale of a kidnapping, gaslighting, the demise of marriage and the end of the Nixon administration. 

Gaslit is a must-watch thriller which tells the never-before-told story of Martha Mitchell and lesser-known characters in the Watergate scandal. 

Gaslit premiered on Sunday, April 24, only on Stan, with new episodes dropping weekly.  

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