Celine Buckens and Tracy Ifeachor in Showtrial

Showtrial: the BBC just gave us our first look at its new Line Of Duty-esque crime drama

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Showtrial is the twisted new BBC crime drama everyone’s going to be talking about. Here’s everything we know about the series so far.

When Line Of Duty came to an end earlier this year, the BBC were quick to respond to viewers’ sadness over the show’s ending with news of another twisted crime drama in the form of Showtrial

And now, we’ve finally been given our first look at the new series.

The show, from the production team behind Line Of Duty, tells the story of a high-profile court case that sees a privileged young woman called Talitha Campbell charged with conspiracy to commit murder. 

Leaning on duty solicitor Cleo Roberts to fight her case the series will follow the pair’s efforts to win against a defence who weaponise Talitha’s gender and social privilege. 

Celine Buckens and Tracy Ifeachor in Showtrial
Celine Buckens and Tracy Ifeachor star as Talitha Campbell and Cleo Roberts.

In short, the series will lean heavily on the relationship between Cleo and her client Talitha – and it’s this dynamic which we get a glimpse of in the new first-look images (above), which show Celine Buckens and Tracy Ifeachor in action as Talitha and Cleo respectively.

Excited to learn more about the new series? Keep reading to find out everything we know so far.  

What’s the plot of Showtrial?

The BBC’s official synopsis for the show promises: “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.” 

The synopsis continues: “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 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.”

Who stars in Showtrial?

Showtrial boasts a bevy of talented TV stars, including The Originals’ Tracy Ifeachor, True Detective’s James Frain, and Doctor Who’s Sharon D Clarke.

Showtrial cast: Celine Buckens
Celine Buckens is just one of the stars attached to Showtrial.

Sinéad Keenan (Three Families), Celine Buckens (Bridgerton), Kerr Logan (Game Of Thrones) and Lolita Chakrabarti (Vigil) complete the show’s star-studded cast.

What are people saying about Showtrial?

Ben Richards, the show’s creator and writer, says: “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.”

Elsewhere, diretor Zara Hayes has lavished praise on Showtrial’s story, insisting: “These scripts are thoroughly gripping and yet say something truly resonant about the justice system. I couldn’t be more honoured to bring them to life along with such a wonderful cast and the dream team in British TV drama…”

And Mona Qureshi, executive producer for the BBC, has gotten us very excited with this bold promise about the upcoming show: “Showtrial is utterly absorbing, twisty, thought-provoking British drama at its finest and we’re delighted to have found the perfect cast to captivate the audience with this story.”

When will Showtrial be available to watch in the UK?

Produced by World Productions, who brought us such TV gems as Line Of Duty, Bodyguard, and The Pembrokeshire Murders, you’d be forgiven for chomping at the bit for a definitive release date. Annoyingly, though, the BBC has yet to confirm exactly when the series will air.

The only detail we know so far is that the show will air “later this year,” so it’ll be coming sometime in the next four months.

We’ll be sure to update you just as soon as we learn more.

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