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You Don’t Know Me on BBC One: What’s it about, how many parts is it and is it based on a novel?

Samuel Adewunmi and Sophie Wilde star in the new drama

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You Don’t Know Me on BBC One promises to be the next big unmissable thriller – and we seriously can’t wait.

The BBC mini-series, in association with Netflix, stars Samuel Adewunmi and Sophie Wilde in the lead roles.

So what’s it all about, how many parts is it and when does it start?

Here’s everything you need to know about thriller You Don’t Know Me on BBC One.

The BBC has released the first trailer for crime drama You Don't Know Me
Samuel Adewunmi stars as Hero in BBC One mini-series You Don’t Know Me (Credit: BBC)

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You Don’t Know Me on BBC One plot

The BBC tells us: “A young man from London stands in court, accused of murder.

“Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, he swears he’s innocent.

“But in the end, all that matters is… does the jury believe him?”

Hero is on trial for murdering a young boy, and there’s stacks of evidence against him – including blood under his fingernails, and firearms residue on his skin.

However, he is convinced of his innocence.

He attempts to argue that the murder is linked to a young woman who he first met on a bus two years ago and became romantically involved with, but who later went missing.

At his trial, Hero tells an incredible story about a woman called Kyra.

He tells the jury – and us viewers – that he loves her and that she got into terrible trouble.

He explains that he risked everything to save her and swears he’s innocent of the crime.

But in the end, all that matters is this: does anyone believe him?

Is BBC One’s You Don’t Know Me based on a novel?

You Don’t Know Me on BBC One is based on the novel by barrister and writer Imran Mahmood.

The series is adapted by Tom Edge, the man behind Vigil.

Author Imran says: “You Don’t Know Me is a story told by a defendant in a dock, giving a speech to the jury.

“He is one of the thousands of young men, strangers to privilege and opportunity, who are caught in the net of the criminal justice system each year.

“For those young men, the court is a system designed to deal with them but not to communicate with them. Not to understand them.”

The Guardian describes the book as “an original take on a courtroom drama that puts the reader in the position of the jury.

“Superb character-driven fiction. Masterful.”

The Sun says: “You’ll never guess the ending.”

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Hero is a young man from London who is accused of murder, but he swears he’s innocent (Credit: BBC)

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How many parts is You Don’t Know Me?

You Don’t Know Me is a four-part mini-series.

Each episode will be an hour long and will air on BBC One.

When does You Don’t Know Me start on BBC One?

You Don’t Know Me will premiere on Sunday December 5 at 9pm on BBC One.

It airs weekly after that, with the finale scheduled for Boxing Day.

Each episode will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer immediately after transmission.

You Don't Know Me on BBC One
Samuel Adewunmi as Hero, and Sophie Wilde as Kyra (Credit: BBC One)

You Don’t Know Me on BBC One trailer

The trailer (see video below) sees Hero meeting Kyra on a bus and subsequently falling for her.

But then he freaks out when she goes missing.

He puts up missing posters and paces the streets in a bid to find her.

But then the trailer takes a turn when Hero meets gang members – and, before long, we see the twentysomething in the dock.

The 40-second trailer ends with Hero saying: “I did not kill that boy…”

Who’s in the cast of You Don’t Know Me?

Samuel Adewunmi leads the cast as Hero.

He’s been on our TV screens since 2014, when he first appeared in The Missing.

Samuel also appeared in Dixi, Prime Suspect 1973, The Hatton Garden Job, Doctor Who, Lucky Man and The Watch.

Viewers last saw Samuel as villain Ed/Theo in the ITV series Angela Black.

Sophie Wilde appears opposite Samuel as missing girl Kyra.

Actress Sophie is a relative newcomer to TV acting.

In fact, her role in You Don’t Know Me is only her second!

Her first role was as Scout in Eden.

Later this year, fans will also be able to see her in The Portable Door, Uncalculated and Tom Jones.

Meanwhile, Roger Jean Nsengiyumva stars as Jamil.

TV viewers will recognise Roger from the Informer, Tomb Raider and Armchair Detectives.

The supporting cast also includes Silent Witness actor Tuwaine Barrett, The Larkins’ Yetunde Oduwole, Grace’s Nicholas Khan and Bukky Bakray of Rocks fame.

Samuel Adewunmi as Hero
Samuel Adewunmi as Hero in You Don’t Know Me (Credit: BBC One)

Where is You Don’t Know Me filmed?

You Don’t Know Me is portraying today’s London, but it was actually filmed in Birmingham.

Birmingham was choosen as the location for its diversity.

Series producer Jules Hussey said: “It’s huge. The architecture is very similar in many places to London.

“We discovered that we could find Camden streets, tower blocks, all sorts of areas that really worked for us.

“We originally intended to shoot a week of shots in London, but that came down to a couple of days because Birmingham worked so brilliantly.”

You Don’t Know Me will start on Sunday December 5 at 9pm on BBC One.

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