BBC One has handed out a six episode series order to Showtrial, a drama series about a trial that grips the nation, placing victim and accused – as well as their families – at the heart of a media storm. It hails from Line Of Duty and Bodyguard indie World Productions.
Created by Ben Richards, Showtrial tells the story of Talitha Campbell, the arrogant daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur, is arrested following the disappearance of fellow student, Hannah Ellis, the hard-working daughter of a single mother.
From Talitha’s arrest to the jury’s final verdict, Showtrial switches between both sides of the legal battle, as defence and prosecution fight for their version of what really happened to Hannah, and the truth about Talitha: Falsely accused? Or callous murderer? The executive producers are Simon Heath and Mona Qureshi. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will handle global sales. The BBC said casting would be announced at a later date.
“The right to a fair trial and the idea of reasonable doubt lie at the heart of a civilised society”, said series creator Ben Richards. “Showtrial explores how they can be distorted by other factors, in a world where concepts such as fairness, doubt and reason are afforded such diminishing value.”
“It’s great to be working again with Ben Richards, who uses the DNA of our true crime obsession to create a gripping fictional murder trial that shines a light on the failings of our justice system”, commented Executive Producer and World Productions CEO & Creative Director Simon Heath.
While the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger added: “Rich in character and truly contemporary, Showtrial follows the investigation of a serious crime as it grows from routine investigation to national talking point, charting the progress of the case and the mounting pressure on those on the inside. In Showtrial, Ben shows his powers as an independent thinker and an innovative storyteller, and we are delighted to be working with he and Simon Heath to bring this series to the BBC One.”