Channel 4 To Explore The Process Of Trial By Jury

Airing over five nights from 10th April on Channel 4, The Trial will try a fictional crime by practising QCs, a real judge and a jury of 12 members of the public. The only actors are the accused, the deceased, and some of the witnesses.

In The Trial, the case being heard centres on the murder of 38-year-old Carla Davis, who was strangled to death in her own home. The accused is her estranged husband, Simon (Michael Gould).

The prosecution is led by Max Hill QC with junior barrister Michelle Nelson. The defendant is represented by John Ryder QC and junior barrister Lucy Organ. Presiding is Judge Brian Barker CBE QC – formerly the most senior judge at the Old Bailey.

Judge Brian Barker said: “Every attempt was made to create surroundings that were as realistic as possible, which I think they were. The team and the cameras were totally unobtrusive, which I was surprised by, and I had a sizeable volume of papers which I could dip into and refer to throughout the trial.”

“There was no script. It evolved as a trial would evolve – there was no stopping and starting once we got into the courtroom, and I was given complete freedom. It was exactly as it would have been and whatever I said should be done was done.”