The Victim: new BBC drama heading to Scotland


A new BBC One drama is set to start filming in Scotland later this year, it’s been revealed. The Victim, a modern day legal thriller, is set to start shooting in the spring. Four hour-long episodes are to be produced, and the shoot for the series will take place in Scotland.

Rob Williams has penned the four episodes, and the idea is to see a criminal trial through the eyes of the prosecution and the defence, and to question who really is the victim in the midst of it all.

It’s expected that The Victim will debut on BBC One later this year. Here’s the official story outline, as per the BBC…

Carl, a hard working family man from Dundee, is the victim of a random, unprovoked attack, after being identified online as a notorious child murderer living under a new identity. With his life collapsing around him, should Carl keep his head down and pray for the smoke to clear – or try to prove his innocence? Is he simply the tragic victim of mistaken identity; or the dangerous killer he is suspected of being?

Anna is the mother of a teenage boy who was murdered twenty years ago by a then fourteen-year old boy. Having campaigned to be told of the killer’s new identity and whereabouts, she is then accused of revealing his identity online and conspiring to have him murdered. Has the anger of a grieving mother turned her into a criminal too? What exactly is she guilty of – and what is she capable of doing in her son’s name?

Played out through the lens of one criminal trial, moral dilemmas will be thrown up and sides will be taken in these two very different quests for justice.

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