A high-profile murder and a guilty public servant, an officer, solicitor and lawyer with a peculiar interest to the case and a rather unsure verdict, awaits the viewers of one of BBC’s decently sought-after series, as ‘Showtrial’ gears up for its next season. With the first season gaining generally positive reviews from The Guardian and Radio Times, ‘Showtrial’ attempted to bring a new edge to Court Room dramas. The upcoming season is rumored to present an entirely new premise with actors Michael Socha, Adeel Akhtar and Nathalie Armin potentially in the lead roles.
‘Showtrial’ season 2 will begin with the death of Marcus Calderwood, a climate activist who attempts to identify his killer, a police officer on his last moments, “Officer X”, while Officer Justin Mitchell (Michael Socha), defense solicitor Sam Gill (Adeel Akhtar) and CPS lawyer Leila Hassoun-Kenny (Nathalie Armin) get themselves involved with the case due to its inconclusive nature. The series will explore the question of whether the death of Marcus Calderwood was indeed an accident or an intentional murder.
Changes in the Upcoming Season
Zara Hayes is reportedly not returning to direct the upcoming season. Instead, the second season of ‘Showtrial’ will possibly be directed by Julia Ford, a multitalented artist who has previously worked in productions such as ‘Room at the Top’.
Michael Socha was previously seen as ‘David Hartley’ in Shane Meadows ‘The Gallows Pole’ while Adeel Akhtar and Nathalie Armin, are also established actors who are popular for their roles in ‘The Murder Mystery’ films and ‘Grow Your Own’ respectively.
Shooting to Commence Soon!
It is true! Showtrial season two will supposedly begin its shooting sometime in November this year in Belfast, Ireland. The creators, Simon Heath and Ben Richards will be joined by Emma Luffingham, Ken Horn and Nawfal Faizullah in producing the upcoming drama.
The premise of the second season of ‘Showtrial’ does promise an appealing battle between two sides of the law as they try to win the case. It will be interesting to see how the character react to the twists of the upcoming season as they seem to already have their loyalties set. The first season had a gradual progression with respect to the plot’s development as the viewers were constantly unsure of Talitha (the accused in the first season and a privileged student) being guilty or innocent until the very end. The upcoming season is also expected to keep the viewers guessing.
High profile cases always receive a lot of attention in real world and the same effect is replicated in the reel world of ‘Showtrial’. So for all you fans of murder mysteries, BBC’s upcoming project is for sure one, that will make you want to solve Marcus’ case alongside the trio of protagonists.