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BBC Showtrial: Is it based on a true story? The inspiration behind BBC’s newest drama

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BBC’s newest series, Showtrial, has the nation gripped with its tense and mysterious court drama.

The five-part series follows Talitha Campbell, an arrogant university student who is arrested after fellow student Hannah Ellis disappears.

Showtrial features stars such as Doctor Who’s Tracy Ifeachor, Game of Thrones actor Kerr Logan and actress Celine Buckens.

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The realistic and dramatic series explores the difficult quest for justice, and dives into both sides of the legal system.

But is it based on a true story? Here’s everything we know about the incredible new drama.

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Is Showtrial based on a true story?

Showtrial tackles some serious topics, such as sexual assault, murder and police bias, but despite tackling some socially important issues, it is not based on a true story.

While it might be possible to draw comparisons to real cases thanks to its realistic nature, it is not believed to actually take specific inspiration from any real-life case.

Showtrial’s writer and executive producer Ben Richard, said: “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.”

While the series is not a factual drama, actress Tracy Ifeachor revealed how important it was to her to be accurate in her portrayal of solicitor Cleo Roberts.

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She said: “It was really important to me to meet with somebody who looked like Cleo Roberts, who was the same age as Cleo Roberts, and who was doing this job, because their experiences were going to be so different.

“It’s so interesting because so many of the stories that she told were so similar to my experiences and we’re in completely different professions, so that was amazing.”

The actress attended public trials while preparing the role, and studied the movements and demeanour of the solicitors as they worked.

She said: “It is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty and you examine things according to the facts, not according to opinion, according to the facts.

“Whether that’s a science or a witness who is reliable… it is innocent until proven guilty and I hope that it will throw up some questions for us all to ask ourselves and to answer.”

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