Steve Pemberton leads the cast of The Interrogation, a ground-breaking verbatim drama from Story Films, for Channel 4

“This is the missing part of an extraordinary story that captivated and divided the country.  Finally, we will hear exactly what Tony Martin told detectives in the confines of a police interview room just hours after he was arrested.  For the first time it’s his own account in his words.” – Executive Producer Peter Beard

Story Films is producing the one-off hour long groundbreaking drama, The Interrogation with production starting earlier this month. Commissioned by Channel 4 Specialist Factual Steve Pemberton will play Tony Martin who was sentenced to life after shooting dead 16-year-old burglar Fred Barras.

Alongside Pemberton will be Daniel Mays and Stuart Graham.  The drama is written and directed by David Nath for Story Films.  Nath is the award-winning filmmaker behind BAFTA-winning documentary The Murder Detectives and Channel 4 drama The Watchman.

The Interrogation will offer up an account of the three days of police questioning following Tony Martin’s arrest for shooting two burglars who broke into his farmhouse in 1999.  At his trial Martin argued he had used reasonable force to defend himself and his property.  His conviction provoked public outcry and the case became a national cause celebre.

Martin successfully appealed against his conviction.  As a result, it was reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and he was released from prison after serving three years.

“This is a fascinating story which divided public opinion at the time – and is currently even more poignant. Now we finally get to hear the account directly from Tony Martin, I’m looking forward to being part of such a groundbreaking drama.” – Steve Pemberton

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