BBC shares first look at 'Showtrial'

Photo credit: BBC One
Photo credit: BBC One

BBC has shared first look pictures at Showtrial, an upcoming legal drama from the makers of Bodyguard and Line Of Duty.

The images feature Tracy Ifeachor as solicitor Cleo Roberts and Celine Buckens as Talitha Campbell, the estranged daughter of a wealthy family who has been charged with conspiring to murder fellow university student.

The series explores how prejudice, politics and the media distort the legal process in a timely legal drama full of dark humour.

Here's everything else we know about Showtrial so far...

Showtrial on BBC: What's it about?

"Every now and then a trial starts which grips the nation, placing victim and accused - as well as their families - at the heart of a media storm. Showtrial focuses on one such case, when Talitha Campbell, the arrogant daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur, is arrested following the disappearance of fellow student, Hannah Ellis, the hard-working daughter of a single mother," the BBC said of the series.

Photo credit: BBC One
Photo credit: BBC One

"From Talitha’s arrest to the jury’s final verdict, Showtrial switches between both sides of the legal battle, as defence and prosecution fight for their version of what really happened to Hannah, and the truth about Talitha: Falsely accused? Or callous murderer?

"Showtrial is a timely look at how wealth, politics and prejudice conspire to distort the quest for justice," the broadcaster said.

Creator and writer Ben Richards commented: “The right to a fair trial and the idea of reasonable doubt lie at the heart of a civilised society. Showtrial explores how they can be distorted by other factors, in a world where concepts such as fairness, doubt and reason are afforded such diminishing value.”

World Productions CEO & Creative Director Simon Heath, said: “It’s great to be working again with Ben Richards, who uses the DNA of our true crime obsession to create a gripping fictional murder trial that shines a light on the failings of our justice system.”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, added: “Rich in character and truly contemporary, Showtrial follows the investigation of a serious crime as it grows from routine investigation to national talking point, charting the progress of the case and the mounting pressure on those on the inside. In Showtrial, Ben shows his powers as an independent thinker and an innovative storyteller, and we are delighted to be working with he and Simon Heath to bring this series to the BBC One.”

Showtrial: Who's in it? When's it on TV?

Doctor Who's Tracy Ifeachor plays solicitor Cleo Roberts, and Celine Buckens plays Talitha Campbell, on trial for the murder of her fellow student.

The rest of the cast has yet to be announced.

The six-part series will air on BBC One later this year.

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