Dean Andrews (Life On Mars, Ashes To Ashes), Ruthie Henshall (Chicago, Blithe Spirit) and Tristan Gemmill (Casualty, Strictly Confidential) star in this gripping new BBC One Daytime courtroom drama The Case.
They are joined by John McArdle (Waterloo Road, Brookside), Chanel Cresswell (This is England), and Caroline Langrishe (Judge John Deed, Casualty) in this compelling new series.
Tony Powell (Andrews) is accused of murdering his terminally ill partner Saskia Stanley (Langrishe). He vigorously denies her murder, but admits he helped Saskia and that it was a case of assisted suicide. A letter, apparently from Saskia, confirms this but a video tape Tony insists they made together is missing.
Tasked to defend Tony is barrister Sol Ridley (Gemmill), who chooses Julie Prior (Cresswell) to assist him in the case; a decision questioned by his hard-nosed colleague Valerie Morney (Henshall) and senior clerk of chambers Gordon McCallister (McArdle).
Sol and Julie see that Tony's love for Saskia seems genuine and heartfelt, as does his anguish at being asked to help her die, but Sol finds Tony difficult and is convinced he's holding something back.
Sean Chapman (Hellraiser, Made In Britain) plays Mark Metzler, the prosecution barrister. He sets out the case for the prosecution: that Tony took advantage of terminally ill Saskia, isolating her from her family, persuading her to change her will and finally taking her life with an overdose of diamorphine, then claiming it was Saskia's idea all along.
Saskia's ex-husband, Neil, played by Connor McIntyre (Drop Dead Gorgeous) and son, Daniel played by Karl Davies (Kingdom), are witnesses for the prosecution and are both adamant Tony killed Saskia. Daughter Jessica, played by Michelle Tate (Bleak House), however, is less certain.
So was it really an act of love or a cold-blooded murder; the jury have to decide. As the circumstances of Saskia's death are revealed, will their verdict reflect what actually happened?
Written by David Allison (Boy Meets Girl, Bedlam), this new 5x45-minute series has been filmed in Liverpool and Manchester by Lime Pictures for the BBC. The executive producer for Lime Pictures is Carolyn Reynolds. The BBC executive producer is Gerard Melling.