Showtrial first look image

Showtrial first look image revealed — series arrives later this year

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A Showtrial first look image has been revealed by the BBC — the drama arrives later this year

First look images have been released today of Cleo Roberts (Tracy Ifeachor) and Talitha Campbell (Celine Buckens) from upcoming original drama Showtrial, written by Ben Richards (The Tunnel, Cobra, Strike) and directed by Zara Hayes (Poms, Dian Fossey: Secrets In The Mist).

The series is billed as an exploration of how prejudice, politics and the media distort the legal process, in a timely legal drama full of dark humour.

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. 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 that is 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?

The series arrives on BBC One and iPlayer later this year. You can read more about the first look image in the BBC press announcement.