Category: TV Drama; Northern Ireland; BBC ONE
Filming begins this week on The Innocence Project, a major new eight-part drama
series from Tightrope Pictures for BBC Northern Ireland.
This original and
vibrant series follows a group of ambitious law students and will transmit on
BBC ONE in Autumn 2006.
The Innocence Project is about the law - but not about lawyers or the police.
It's about failures in the process and cracks in the system. It's about young
people with fire in their bellies and a healthy disregard for authority.
Jane Tranter, BBC's Controller, Drama Commissioning, says: "It's great to be
working with the creative powerhouse of Hilary Bevan Jones and Paul Abbott, and
to have the attention of Tightrope focussed on smart pre-watershed drama on BBC
"Oliver Brown is an extraordinary and bright new writing talent, and his
first major drama series is packed full of engaging characters and stonking
Champion of the underdog and a brilliant teacher, Professor Jon Ford (Lloyd
Owen, Miss Potter - film for release 2006, Monarch Of The Glen) sets up The
Innocence Project, peopled entirely by a hand-picked group of law students.
passion for his subject ignites something new and exciting in his students.
take on cases pro bono that nobody else wants to know about, cases that people
have forgotten, cases that others have given up on.
They take on 'clients' with
no hope - who have possibly been wrongly convicted. Fact - sometimes the English
justice system fails.
Smart and with an infectious enthusiasm, Ford's team is made up of fresh faced
19-year-old uni students who choose to make a difference while still going
through the serious business of growing up.
Their job is part investigator,
part lawyer - and all before they're out of full time education.
The cast of
exciting, young new talent includes:
Luke Treadaway (Brothers Of The Head - film
for release 2006) who only graduates from LAMDA this summer - as the idealistic
Irish newcomer Ruth Bradley as Beth - brilliant, driven and passionate;
Oliver James (What A Girl Wants) as Nick - a charmer who always gets what he
Christine Bottomley (The Street) as Sarah - a mine of useless information
but who knows what's what socially, sexually and intellectually;
Graham (Goal, Gangs Of New York) as Andrew - a competitive and persistent mature
student on sabbatical from the police.
The Innocence Project films on location in Salford.
The Innocence Project is created and lead written by Oliver Brown (Waking the
Dead, Bon Voyage), directed by Bill Anderson (Lewis, The Lakes) and produced by
Kirstie Macdonald (Outlaws).
The series was commissioned for BBC Northern
Ireland (Murphy's Law, The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard) by Patrick Spence and Kate
Evans, and executive produced by Hilary Bevan Jones and Paul Abbott (Tightrope
Pictures - The Girl in the Café, Dad, To The Ends Of The Earth and All In The
A Tightrope Pictures production for BBC Northern Ireland.