Line of Duty and Bodyguard producers announce new BBC One drama Showtrial

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

The team behind Line of Duty and Bodyguard will attempt to grip the nation once again with another crime and punishment-style thriller.

This latest show shifts focus from organised crime and corrupt politicians to the media frenzy that can erupt when a criminal captures the public's attention.

World Productions, maker of both hit shows, is teaming with Strike writer Ben Richards on a brand new concept called Showtrial, following the prosecutors and defence through one such case.

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Viewers will follow from arrest to verdict as the socialite Talitha Campbell is accused in the disappearance of hard-working fellow student Hannah Ellis, daughter of a single-mother.

"The right to a fair trial and the idea of reasonable doubt lie at the heart of a civilised society," Richards has teased. "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."

BBC One drama controller Piers Wenger has also described Richards' concept for Showtrial as being "rich in character and truly contemporary".

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"Showtrial follows the investigation of a serious crime as it grows from routine investigation to national talking point, charting the progress of the case and the mounting pressure on those on the inside," Wenger added.

"In Showtrial, Ben shows his powers as an independent thinker and an innovative storyteller, and we are delighted to be working with he and Simon Heath to bring this series to BBC One."

The six-part Showtrial is expected to air next year on BBC One.

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