David Tennant to star in BBC One legal thriller ‘The Escape Artist’

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Created and written by David Wolstencroft (Spooks), the three-part series stars David Tennant (Doctor Who), Toby Kebbell (Black Mirror), Sophie Okonedo (Criminal Justice) and Ashley Jensen (Extras).

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Tennant will play Will Burton, a talented junior barrister who has never lost a case and specialises in spiriting people out of tight legal corners, hence his nickname of “The Escape Artist”. When his talents acquit the prime suspect in a horrific murder trial, that brilliance comes back to bite him with unexpected and chilling results.

Writer Wolstencroft commented: “The law often seems like an intellectual exercise. But scratch under the surface, and it’s all blood and guts. I wanted to write a thriller set in the legal world that’s as much about those primal feelings as it is about the twists and turns of the case. David Tennant is one of the most accomplished and iconic actors of his generation. I cannot wait to see him in Will’s shoes.”

Producer, Hilary Bevan Jones, added: “The outstanding cast we have assembled, which is headed by David Tennant, Toby Kebbell, Sophie Okonedo and Ashley Jensen is a testament to David’s breathtaking and original script. Directed by Brian Welsh and produced by Paul Frift, I believe The Escape Artist will be one of the most anticipated TV drama events of 2013.”

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