The programme comes to the Beeb from the makers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard.
Line of Duty.
“The right to a fair trial and the idea of reasonable doubt lie at the heart of a civilised society. Showtrial explores how they can be distorted by other factors, in a world where concepts such as fairness, doubt and reason are afforded such diminishing value.” – Creator and writer, Ben Richards
Showtrial dramatizes a high-profile criminal court case.
Talitha Campbell, the arrogant daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur, is arrested following the disappearance of fellow student, Hannah Ellis, the hard-working daughter of a single mother.
From Talitha’s arrest to the jury’s final verdict, Showtrial switches between both sides of the legal battle, as defence and prosecution fight for their version of what really happened to Hannah, and the truth about Talitha: Falsely accused? Or callous murderer?
From writer Ben Richards, and producers World Productions, the drama for BBC One is a timely look at how wealth, politics and prejudice can distort the quest for justice.
Castings and exact broadcast dates have yet to be finalised by the Beeb.
“Rich in character and truly contemporary, Showtrial follows the investigation of a serious crime as it grows from routine investigation to national talking point, charting the progress of the case and the mounting pressure on those on the inside. In Showtrial, Ben shows his powers as an independent thinker and an innovative storyteller, and we are delighted to be working with he and Simon Heath to bring this series to the BBC One.” – Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama
Bodyguard, another of World Production’s for BBC One.