Showtrial: New BBC drama from Line of Duty producers unveils cast

27 Apr 2021, 18:52

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The BBC has unveiled the cast for its brand new drama, Showtrial.

The highly anticipated series comes from World Productions, who have also produced Line Of Duty and Bodyguard.

It will explore how prejudice, politics and the media can mess with the legal process, all with a dose of dark humour.

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Showtrial comes from the same production team as Line of Duty (Credit: BBC)

BBC announces Showtrial cast

The show will feature a cast full of familiar faces that viewers may recognise from other popular shows.

Tracy Ifeachor (Quantico, Treadstone, The Originals); James Frain (Star Trek: Discovery, True Detective, Gotham) and Sharon D Clarke (Doctor Who) have been cast in starring roles.

They will be joined by Sinead Keenan (Little Boy Blue, Care, Three Families) and Celine Buckens (Bridgerton).

Rounding out the cast are Kerr Logan (Strike, Alias Grace, Game of Thrones) and Lolita Chakrabarti (Criminal: UK).

The BBC are hoping the show is as big as smash hit The Bodyguard (Credit: BBC)

What is Showtrial about?

Showtrial tells the story of the daughter of a property developer. Things take a turn when she is charged with conspiring to murder her classmate. As a result, things quickly begin to spiral out of control when the trial begins.

“The trial that follows places victim and accused in the eye of a media storm,” reads the synopsis.

“Into that storm enters Cleo Roberts, the duty solicitor on the night of Talitha’s arrest. However, she refuses her father’s help.

“As a result, Talitha wants Cleo to lead her defence against a prosecution weaponising Talitha’s gender as well as her social privilege against her.

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“From arrest to verdict, Cleo and defence vie with the prosecution to convince us of the truth about Talitha: Damaged scapegoat? Or cold-blooded killer?”

BBC producer Mona Qureshi shared hopes the show will be a huge success.

He said: “Showtrial is utterly absorbing, twisty, thought-provoking British drama at its finest. We’re delighted to have found the perfect cast to captivate the audience with this story.

“It is a brilliant ensemble of talented actors that feels modern, energetic, and perfectly suited for the complex characters and storylines.”

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