StudioCanal Sells BBC One’s ‘Trust Me’ To ARTE

International distributor StudioCanal has sold the first season of BBC One’s psychological thriller Trust Me, starring Jodie Whitaker, to European broadcaster ARTE.

Trust Me premiered on BBC One back in August 2017 to strong critical acclaim. It was also a hit with viewers and the series premiere managed an audience of 4.3 million viewers in its Thursday night time-slot. The BBC recently commissioned a second season, which will feature a new story and cast.

“This is another example of our European prestige event series moving to a leading international broadcaster”, said Francoise Guyonnet, Executive Managing Director of TV Series for StudioCanal. “With creative credentials of the highest pedigree and intriguing characters, Trust Me has a universal narrative which will hold strong appeal for ARTE’s viewers.”

Trust Me follows Cath Hardacre, a hardworking and skilled nurse, who, having lost her job for whistle-blowing, is forced to take drastic measures to provide for her daughter. Out of desperation, Cath seizes the opportunity to steal her best friend’s identity as a senior doctor and start a new life in Edinburgh. Burying herself deeper and deeper in the imposter persona, she realises she could get everything she ever wanted – but with her old life threatening to destroy her fragile creation, how far will she go to protect it?

The four-part drama hails from Dan Sefton (The Good Karma Hospital), who penned the script. It is being produced by Red Production Company through BBC Scotland and stars Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch, Adult Life Skills), Emun Elliot (The Paradise, Threesome), Sharon Small (Stonemouth, Mistresses) and Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners). Emily Feller is the producer, while Nicola Shindler and Gaynor Holmes serve as the executive producers. John Alexander (Indian Summers) and Amy Neil (The Cut) directed.