Showtrial start date, cast and first look at new BBC One drama

Showtrial - when is it on TV?

Showtrial is the new drama coming to BBC One – here’s all you need to know.

The new series comes from producers World Productions, who previously brought Line Of Duty and Bodyguard to the screen.

The five episode series begins on Sunday, 31 October at 9PM on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

The previously announced Showtrial cast will feature Tracy Ifeachor, James Frain and Sharon D Clarke alongside Sinéad Keenan; Celine Buckens; Kerr Logan and Lolita Chakrabarti.

The first look trailer trailer above features Cleo Roberts (Tracy Ifeachor) and Talitha Campbell (Celine Buckens) from the upcoming five-part series, which has been written by Ben Richards (The Tunnel, Cobra, Strike) and directed by Zara Hayes (Poms, Dian Fossey: Secrets In The Mist)

A synopsis of the show shares: “When Talitha Campbell, the estranged daughter of a wealthy property developer, is charged with conspiring to murder fellow university student Hannah Ellis, the trial that follows places victim and accused – and their families – in the eye of a media storm. Into that storm enters Cleo Roberts, the duty solicitor on the night of Talitha’s arrest.

“Refusing her father’s help, Talitha wants Cleo to lead her defence against a prosecution that is weaponising Talitha’s gender – as well as her social privilege – against her.

“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?

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

Creator and writer Ben Richards said previously: “I am delighted with the cast that has been assembled for Showtrial. It is a brilliant ensemble of talented actors that feels modern, energetic, and perfectly suited for the complex characters and storylines.”

Showtrial will come to BBC One and BBC iPlayer from Sunday, 31 October at 9PM.

Picture: Talitha (CELINE BUCKENS), Cleo (TRACY IFEACHOR) – (C) World Productions – Photographer: Joss Barrett

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