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Showtrial: First look at new BBC One drama starring Tracy Ifeachor and Celine Buckens

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

BBC One has revealed a first look at its new drama Showtrial.

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

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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.

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

The first look images show 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.”

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Showtrial will come to BBC One and BBC iPlayer later in 2021 with an air date to be announced.

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

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