BBC confirms the return of hit courtroom drama from the producers of Line Of Duty
Showtrial is set to return for a second series, with filming to start later this year.
The BBC have confirmed the gritty five-part drama – from the producers of Line Of Duty – will be back on screen with a brand new cast and explosive murder investigation.
The first series aired in November 2021 where fans were hooked by the trial of arrogant student Talitha Campbell (Céline Buckens) after the death of her friend Hannah Ellis (Abra Thompson).
Viewers were left shocked when Talitha was found ‘not guilty’ after she displayed such unlikeable characteristics as the series explored what it means to have a right to a fair trial.
It’s been just under two years since the series had the nation hooked, but the BBC has announced its return for both BBC One and iPlayer.
It’s back! Showtrial is set to return for a second series, with filming to start later this year (pictured Céline Buckens who played Talitha Campbell in series one in 2021)
Gripping: The BBC have confirmed the five-part drama – from the producers of Line Of Duty – will be back on screen with a brand new cast (pictured Tracy Ifeachor and Céline Buckens)
The new series will star BAFTA award-winner Adeel Akhtar, Nathalie Armin and Michael Socha.
The premise will once again focus on a gripping trial occurring in the media spotlight after a high-profile climate activist is left for dead in a violent hit and run.
Marcus Calderwood identifies his killer in his final moments as he recognises it is a serving policeman.
Speaking about the upcoming series, the show’s writer Ben Richards said: ‘I am very grateful to the BBC for the opportunity to explore another sensational trial which I hope will be just as entertaining as our first outing.
‘I love writing Showtrial and I’m honoured to have a cast of such high quality to deliver it.’
The drama will unfold as Michael Socha, known for This Is England and The Gallows Pole, plays the cocky officer Justin Mitchell as he battles against Adeel Akhtar, known for The Dictator and Utopia, who plays the anxious defence solicitor Sam Gill.
Natalie Armin, known for Home and Unforgotten, will lead the case against the accused as strong CPS lawyer Leila Hassoun-Kenny.
Just as it did in season one, Showtrial will explore whether the truth is ever clear cut and if it’s possible to have a fair trial when tensions are riding so high.
New trial: The new series will star BAFTA award-winner Adeel Akhtar, Nathalie Armin and Michael Socha (pictured left to right)
There is no set release date yet, however filming will begin this November in Belfast, with the rest of the cast announced in due course.
The show’s director Lindsay Salt said: ‘We’re so excited to once again join forces with Ben Richards and World Productions to bring a new unmissable Showtrial to BBC One and iPlayer.
‘With Adeel, Nathalie and Michael leading the cast, and a brand new central mystery to be played out in front of the nation, Showtrial will have viewers hooked from the start.’
Adeel gushed: ‘I’m a big fan of Ben’s writing and so excited to be given the opportunity to join the second series of a brilliant show.’
Another murder: The premise will once again focus on a gripping trial occurring in the media spotlight after a high-profile climate activist is left for dead in a violent hit and run