Showtrial on BBC One: All you need to know about the new thriller from the makers of Line of Duty

If you’ve always wanted to do jury service but have never been called up, BBC One’s brand new drama Showtrial gives you a juicy court case to get your teeth stuck into.

The series – from the makers of Line of Duty and recent hit Vigil – begins as Talitha Campbell (rising star Celine Buckens in her first major TV role), the daughter of a billionaire property developer, is arrested and charged with conspiring to murder her university classmate Hannah Ellis.

After Talitha’s arrest, she rejects her father’s help and tells DI Cassidy (Little Boy Blue star Sinéad Keenan) she wants to be represented by the duty solicitor on call, Cleo Roberts (Doctor Who actress Tracy Ifeachor).

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However, what Cleo initially thinks is going to be a simple, cut-and-dried case soon spirals.

Across five episodes, viewers will see the late victim, the alleged perpetrator and their respective families thrust into a media storm as a very public court case ensues.

Soon, Cleo and her defence team have their work well and truly cut out for them as the prosecution seems determined to use Talitha’s privileged background and gender against her on the stand.

As each legal team puts forward their take on events, and the media glare intensifies, viewers will begin to discover the truth.

Is Talitha simply an innocent pawn in a wider game, or is she guilty as charged?

Teasing how the drama will unfold, Tracy, who stars as Cleo, reveals: “The concept of the series hooked me from page one. This lawyer going into the lion’s den."

She added: "It’s thrilling, unpredictable. It takes a legal drama and flips it on its head.”

Meanwhile, Celine, who takes centre stage as the accused Talitha, agrees that the show is much more than your usual bog-standard courtroom drama.

She explains: “What I love about Showtrial is that it makes the audience pick a side, and then they need to confront their
decision."

Celine continues: “Do you believe in ‘no smoke without fire’? Do you believe in ‘innocent until proven guilty’?

"Do you think she did it? Are you going to judge the case based on the evidence or based on her character?

“The suspense will get audiences hooked and questioning whether Talitha did do it.”

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