Sundance Now has announced its acquisition of two premium British dramas from ITV Studios: The Suspect and Showtrial.
Both The Suspect and Showtrial are projects of the award-winning World Productions, part of ITV Studios.
Based on the eponymous best-selling novel by acclaimed crime writer Michael Robotham, The Suspect stars Aidan Turner (Poldark, Leonardo, The Hobbit Trilogy) as Joseph “Joe” O’Loughlin, who appears to have the perfect life — a beautiful wife, a loving daughter, and a successful career as a clinical psychologist.
But nothing can be taken for granted. Even the most flawless existence is only a loose thread away from unraveling. All it takes is a murdered girl, a troubled young patient, and the biggest lie of his life. Caught in an increasingly complex web of deceit, Joe risks everything as he embarks on a search for a killer that will take him into the darkest recesses of the human mind.
Written by Peter Berry (Gangs of London) and directed by James Strong (Broadchurch), the five-part thriller costars BAFTA nominee Shaun Parkes (Small Axe), Sian Clifford (Fleabag), Camilla Beeput (Save Me (Too)), and Adam James (Vigil).
Gripping courtroom drama Showtrial tells the story of a murder trial that captivates the nation, placing victim and the accused, as well as their families, at the heart of a media storm.
High Street Criminal Solicitor Cleo Roberts (Tracy Ifeachor, Treadstone, Quantico) is called on to represent Talitha Campbell (Celine Buckens, Bridgerton, Warrior), the estranged daughter of a wealthy property developer, arrested in connection with the disappearance of fellow student Hannah Ellis. When Talitha is charged with murder, she refuses the help of her father, Damian Campbell (James Frain, Star Trek: Discovery, True Detective), and calls on Cleo to lead her defense against a prosecution that is weaponizing gender and social privilege against her. From arrest to verdict, Cleo vies with the prosecution to convince us of the truth about Talitha: Damaged scapegoat? Or callous killer?
The five-part drama is written and created by Ben Richards (The Tunnel, Strike, Cobra) and directed by Zara Hayes (Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist).
Rob Kaplan, Senior Vice President Sales, US & Global Accounts, ITV Studios, said:
“We are delighted to announce this content deal with our partners at Sundance Now. World Productions has been producing some of the best and most successful British dramas of recent years and it is great to see The Suspect and Showtrial also travelling to wider audiences around the globe.”
Shannon Cooper, Vice President, Programming, Sundance Now, said:
“We’re delighted to grow our relationship with ITV Studios with these sought-after titles packed with riveting storylines, breath-taking performances and top-quality production.”
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