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Dramatic conclusion of Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama impresses viewers

Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama entertained viewers as the dramatic two-part series came to a close on Thursday.

Fans said they were ‘obsessed’ with the show and praised the cast for their performances recreating the libel trial between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy.

The show features Chanel Creswell as Coleen and Natalia Tena as Rebekah along with Michael Sheen  as Coleen’s barrister David Sherbourne. 

Show: Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama entertained viewers as the dramatic two-part series came to a close on Thursday

Viewers were impressed with the conclusion, with one writing: ‘The laughing in the court – you just know that happened – this whole thing is comedy gold’.

Another fan wrote: ‘Two brilliant episodes! Well done to the cast’.

A third added: ‘A lot of people deleting WhatsApp chats and flinging their phones in the sea after watching that!’

A fourth said: ‘Vardy vs Rooney is giving Footballers’ Wives energy. Love it.’ 

Drama: Fans said they were 'obsessed' with the show and praised the cast for their performances recreating the libel trial between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vard

Drama: Fans said they were ‘obsessed’ with the show and praised the cast for their performances recreating the libel trial between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vard

Another was disappointed the series was already over, writing: ‘It’s only two episodes long?! Thought we’d get at least one more!’

Other fans praised Michael Sheen’s performance, saying: ‘Come for the courtroom drama, stay for Michael Sheen’.

Along with Chanel, Natalia and Michael, the programme stars Simon Coury as Rebekah’s barrister Hugh Tomlinson and Marci Nagyszokolyai as Rebekah’s husband Jamie Vardy. 

Created from the real court transcripts, Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama, gives viewers a chance to relive the untelevised scenes from inside the courtroom with all the drama that kept the public and media gripped for weeks.

Reaction: Viewers were impressed with the conclusion, with one writing: 'Vardy vs Rooney is giving Footballer's Wives energy. Love it'

Reaction: Viewers were impressed with the conclusion, with one writing: ‘Vardy vs Rooney is giving Footballer’s Wives energy. Love it’

The programme, produced by Chalkboard, who made BBC’s historical murder series Murder, Mystery and My Family, aired this week on Wednesday and Thursday.

The former friends first publicly fell out in 2019 when Coleen accused Rebekah of leaking posts from her private Instagram account to The Sun. 

Her rigorous sleuthing to find the culprit earned her the title Wagatha Christie in reference to mystery writer Agatha Christie.

Rebekah denied the claims and sued for libel, but lost in the High Court in July where her evidence was deemed ‘manifestly inconsistent’ and ‘not credible’.

Wagatha Christie: The show featured texts between Coleen and friends amid the fallout

Wagatha Christie: The show featured texts between Coleen and friends amid the fallout

Cast: The show features Chanel Creswell as Coleen and Natalia Tena as Rebekah along with Michael Sheen as Coleen's barrister David Sherbourne

Cast: The show features Chanel Creswell as Coleen and Natalia Tena as Rebekah along with Michael Sheen as Coleen’s barrister David Sherbourne

Tense: Created from the real court transcripts, Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama, gives viewers a chance to relive the untelevised scenes from inside the courtroom

Tense: Created from the real court transcripts, Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama, gives viewers a chance to relive the untelevised scenes from inside the courtroom

In October, she was ordered to pay 90 per cent of Coleen’s legal bills with the first £800,000 needing to be paid within six weeks.

The former Dancing on Ice contestant also has to foot her own lawyers’ bills, meaning the enormous cost of her failed libel claim is around £4million.

Rebekah reportedly faces an estimated £1.5million legal bill towards her costs following their ‘Wagatha Christie’ High Court libel battle.

Fans:  One fan wrote: 'The laughing in the court - you just know that happened - this whole thing is comedy gold'

Fans:  One fan wrote: ‘The laughing in the court – you just know that happened – this whole thing is comedy gold’

The WAG – whose reputation is in tatters after she scored one of the worst own goals in British legal history – is thought to have to find £800,000 of it in weeks.

It comes at the hands of a High Court judge who dismissed her evidence as ‘evasive or implausible’ in one of the most closely-followed cases in recent years.

She was accused of deliberately deleting WhatsApp messages central to the case as it was suggested her agent also intentionally dropped her phone in the North Sea.

Vardy and her footballer husband were left with the bill after Mrs Justice Steyn ruled in favour of Rooney in a judgment that said swathes of her evidence given under oath had been ‘manifestly inconsistent’, ‘not credible’ and needed to be treated with ‘very considerable caution’.

New: The series recreated the legal battle between the WAGS that came to be known as the ' Wagatha Christie ' trial (Coleen and Wayne pictured at court)

New: The series recreated the legal battle between the WAGS that came to be known as the ‘ Wagatha Christie ‘ trial (Coleen and Wayne pictured at court) 

On air: The programme, produced by Chalkboard, who made BBC's historical murder series Murder, Mystery and My Family, aired this week on Wednesday and Thursday

On air: The programme, produced by Chalkboard, who made BBC’s historical murder series Murder, Mystery and My Family, aired this week on Wednesday and Thursday

She lost her high-profile libel claim against Rooney in July when Justice Steyn ruled that Rooney’s viral social media post accusing Vardy of leaking her private information to the press was ‘substantially true’.

It followed a viral social media post where Rooney had revealed she had put false stories on her Instagram page. These fake tales then emerged in The Sun newspaper.

Because she had changed her settings so only one user could see it she felt confident to make the famous declaration ‘it’s….Rebekah Vardy’s account’.

Drama: The former friends first publicly fell out in 2019 when Coleen accused Rebekah of leaking posts from her private Instagram account to The Sun

Drama: The former friends first publicly fell out in 2019 when Coleen accused Rebekah of leaking posts from her private Instagram account to The Sun

In an order, the judge ruled that Vardy should pay 90% of Rooney’s costs.

Rooney incurred total costs of more than £2 million, but £350,000 of those had already been racked up before the trial in May, so those were removed to produce a final figure of £1,667,860.

Vardy was ordered to pay £800,000 of the costs bill by 4pm on November 15.

Not happy: Rebekah denied the claims and sued for libel, but lost in the High Court in July where her evidence was deemed 'manifestly inconsistent' and 'not credible'

Not happy: Rebekah denied the claims and sued for libel, but lost in the High Court in July where her evidence was deemed ‘manifestly inconsistent’ and ‘not credible’

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