First look images have been released of BBC One’s upcoming series Showtrial, from the producers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard.
Written by Ben Richards (The Tunnel) and directed by Zara Hayes (Poms), Showtrial follows Talitha Campbell (Celine Buckens, Warrior), the estranged daughter of a wealthy property developer who is charged with conspiring to murder fellow university student Hannah Ellis.
The trial that follows places the victim and the accused, and their families, at the centre of a media storm. As the duty solicitor on the night of Talitha’s arrest, Cleo Roberts (Tracy Ifeachor, Treadstone) is inadvertently pulled under the media’s glaring eye. Refusing her father’s help, Talitha approaches Cleo to lead her defence against a prosecution that is using Talitha’s gender and social privilege against her.
Damaged scapegoat or cold-blooded killer? Cleo and the defence team wrestle with the prosecution to convince us of the truth about Talitha.
The five-part series explores how prejudice, politics, and the media damage the legal process, in a timely, darkly humorous legal drama.
Showtrial will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this year.