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Director: Zara Hayes (Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist, Poms)

Producer: Christopher Hall (Bloodlands, The Durrells)

Executive Producer: Simon Heath (Line of Duty, The Pembrokeshire Murders), Mona Qureshi (Sitting in Limbo; Call The Midwife)

Writer: Ben Richards (The Tunnel, Strike, Cobra)

Cast: Tracy Ifeachor (Treadstone, Quantico, The Originals), Celine Buckens (Bridgerton, Warrior, Free Rein), James Frain (Star Trek: Discovery, True Detective, Gotham) Sinéad Keenan (Little Boy Blue, Care, Three Families), Kerr Logan (Strike, Alias Grace, Game of Thrones), Lolita Chakrabarti (Vigil, Criminal: UK)

Genres: Drama


5 x 60 mins

New drama from the producers of Bodyguard and Vigil. Every few years a
murder trial comes along that grips the nation, placing victim and accused – as well as their families – at the heart of a media storm. Showtrial focuses on one such case, when Talitha Campbell, the estranged daughter of a wealthy political donor, is charged with conspiring to murder fellow college student Hannah Ellis.

High Street Criminal solicitor Cleo Roberts is on duty the night Talitha is
arrested. With Talitha’s backing, against her father’s wishes, Cleo becomes the unlikely leader of her defence team against a prosecution determined to weaponise Talitha’s sexuality and privilege against her. From first arrest to jury verdict, defence and prosecution fight for their version of the real Talitha: Damaged scapegoat? Or cold-blooded killer? Exploring how identity, prejudice and the media distort the legal process, this timely drama full of dark humour and compelling characters will leave viewers as invested in the outcome as a real trial.

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