BBC One’s The Victim has broken consolidated ratings records, with each episode of the series averaging an uplift of 82% across all platforms in the seven days since the initial broadcast. The marks the largest uplift (compared to VOSDAL) for a BBC One or ITV drama since records began.
The Victim is a legal thriller set in Scotland that is told through the eyes of both the plaintiff and the accused. On one side is Craig Myers, a hard working family man who is the victim of a vicious attack, after being identified online as a notorious child murderer. Is he simply the tragic victim of mistaken identity; or the dangerous killer he is suspected of being?
On the other side is Anna Dean, whose nine year old son was murdered fifteen years ago. She is accused of revealing her son’s killer’s new identity online and conspiring to have him murdered. Has the anger of a grieving mother turned her into a criminal too? The series opens on day one of a criminal trial in Edinburgh’s High Court and follows the legal proceedings, whilst also covering the events leading up to the trial. Craig and Anna are pitted against each other, but our sympathies will be divided. The four-part drama, which was penned by Rob Williams, is being produced by STV Productions and stars Kelly Macdonald, John Hannah, James Harkness, Jamie Sives, Karla Crome, Ramon Tikaram, Cal MacAninch, Chloe Pirrie and Isis Hainsworth.
“We are thrilled that viewers have responded so positively to The Victim and have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have watched and been so affected by it – we couldn’t be prouder that our drama has had the impact that it has”, said Sarah Brown, Creative Director of Drama for STV Productions, who served as the company’s executive producer on The Victim. “The storytelling in The Victim lends itself to binge viewing and it’s exciting that so many of our audience have chosen to watch the show in that way and have shared their reaction with others.”