ABC1 has rescheduled the UK drama series Accused, writer Jimmy McGovern (Redfern Now, Cracker, The Street). The series was originally set to air a few months ago.
Each of the six episodes is about an ordinary person who ends up in the court dock. Are they innocent or guilty or somewhere in-between?
The series recently won an International Emmy Award (Drama Series), as did actor Christopher Eccleston, who appears in the first episode.
Jimmy McGovern says: “In the time it takes to climb the steps of the court we tell the story of how the accused came to be there. We see the crime and we see the punishment. Nothing else. No police procedure thanks very much, no coppers striding along corridors with coats flapping. Just crime and punishment – the two things that matter most in any crime drama.”
Plumber Willy Houlihan (Christopher Eccleston) struggles to remain faithful to his wife Carmel (Pooky Quesnel) and decides to confess his indiscretions, but the announcement of his daughter Laura’s (Joanna Higson) engagement foils his plans.
Mounting wedding costs and the discovery he has not been paid for his last job cause him to panic, until he finds something on the back seat of a taxi that could be the answer to his prayers – or the beginning of his downfall.
8:35pm Saturday 21 January ABC1.