Showtrial on BBC One: When is it on, how many episodes are in the series and where was it filmed?

Showtrial on BBC One: How many episodes of the UNMISSABLE new drama and who are the cast?

Is a privileged suspect's background being held against her?

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Showtrial, a new BBC drama set to captivate Sunday night viewers, looks likely to interrogate people’s notions of justice.

It dramatises how wealth, politics and prejudice distort the law.

The series follows the investigation of a serious crime, from routine investigation to national talking point.

Tensions will rise as the legal drama charts the progress of the case and the pressure mounting on those involved.

Celine Buckens as Talitha Campbell in Showtrial
Celine Buckens as Talitha Campbell in Showtrial (Credit: BBC YouTube)

What is the plot of Showtrial?

When privileged student Talitha Campbell is accused of murder, the shocking case grips – and divides – the nation.

But with Talitha refusing help from her wealthy, estranged father, is her background being held against her? Or is she simply a callous killer?

Celine Buckens as Talitha Campbell in Showtrial
What price justice? (Credit: BBC YouTube)

When is Showtrial on BBC One and how many episodes are there?

Showtrial begins on TV on Sunday, October 31. It will air on BBC from 9pm.

There are five episodes in the series, all directed by Zara Hayes.

Zara’s previous directing credits include film comedy Poms starring Diane Keaton, Jackie Weaver, Pam Grier and Rhea Perlman.

She is also the directing force behind documentaries Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist, Captive and Clothes to Die for.

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Zara also wrote Showtrial with Ben Richards. Ben’s other work includes episodes for Strike, Outcasts, No Angels and Spooks.

He says: “The right to a fair trial and the idea of reasonable doubt lie at the heart of a civilised society.

“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.”

The series is produced by Christopher Hall, who has been behind TV hits such as Bloodlands and The Durrells.

Abra Thompson plays Hannah Ellis in Showtrial
Abra Thompson plays Hannah Ellis (Credit: BBC YouTube)

Where did filming happen for Showtrial?

Showtrial was given the green light in 2019 and was principally produced in Bristol.

Filming occurred earlier this year, including fairground scenes outside of the University of Bristol in April 2021.

Tracy Ifeachor plays Cleo Roberts in Showtrial
Will Cleo Roberts (Tracy Ifeachor) succeed? (Credit: BBC YouTube)

Who is in the cast of Showtrial on BBC One?

Tracy Ifeachor, Celine Buckens and James Frain are among Showtrial’s leads.

Tracy plays Cleo Roberts, the solicitor tasked with defending her client against the odds. She has previously starred in Doctor Who, Quantico and Legends of Tomorrow.

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Belgian-British actress Celine has had roles in Bridgerton as Kitty Langham, Endeavour and film War Horse.

James meanwhile will be recognisable to fans of The Tudors, where he played Thomas Cromwell, Grey’s Anatomy and True Detective.

Showtrial begins on BBC One, Sunday October 31, from 9pm.

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