BBC One has announced The Victim, a gripping, contemporary four-part legal thriller written by Rob Williams and told through the eyes of the plaintiff and the accused. Set in Edinburgh, within Scotland’s unique legal system, the show offers a constantly surprising and twisting perspective on who is really ‘the victim’.
Carl, a hard-working family man from Dundee, is the victim of a random, unprovoked attack, after being identified online as a notorious child murderer living under a new identity. With his life collapsing around him, should Carl keep his head down and pray for the smoke to clear or try to prove his innocence? Is he simply the tragic victim of mistaken identity or the dangerous killer he is suspected of being?
Anna is the mother of a teenage boy who was murdered twenty years ago by a then 14-year-old boy. Having campaigned to be told of the killer’s new identity and whereabouts, she is then accused of revealing his identity online and conspiring to have him murdered. Has the anger of a grieving mother turned her into a criminal too? What exactly is she guilty of – and what is she capable of doing in her son’s name?
Played out through the lens of one criminal trial, moral dilemmas will be thrown up and sides will be taken in these two very different quests for justice.
Sarah Brown, Executive Producer for STV Productions who are making the drama, said, ‘We are delighted to have the chance to bring Rob’s brilliant, thought-provoking story to the screen for BBC One. It’s particularly exciting to be making a drama set and shot in Scotland, and to be able to tell a story which is both totally rooted in its setting, and yet utterly universal in its concerns.’
Executive producers are Sarah Brown and Rob Williams for STV Productions, and Elizabeth Kilgarriff and Gaynor Holmes for BBC One. The drama will start filming in Scotland early next year and casting will be announced in the coming months.
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