The Trial: A Murder in the Family
In a pioneering new series blending documentary and drama, a fictional murder case is tried in a real court, by eminent real-life legal professionals and a jury comprised of 12 randomly selected members of the public. Simon Davis (played by actor Michael Gould) is an academic accused of murdering his estranged wife Carla. His defense team is led by renowned QC John Ryder, whose CV includes the Damilola Taylor murder trial; the prosecution is steered by the government's new independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, Max Hill QC. Revealing the inner workings of the justice system as never seen before, the format provides unique insights into how both sides conduct their cases, from strategic debates to conferences with clients. Presiding is Brian Barker, recently retired but formerly the most senior judge at the Old Bailey. As the trial begins, police officers and witnesses are called to give evidence and - as Simon and the jury look on - a picture is painted of the day when Carla Davis was killed.