The BBC released the first image from their highly anticipated upcoming four-part drama You Don’t Know Me, earlier this week.

Based on the bestselling novel from actual criminal defence barrister Imran Mahmood, the TV adaptation of the book features a talented cast including Samuel Adewunmi (The Last Tree, Angela Black), newcomer Sophie Wilde, Roger Jean Nsengiyumva (Tomb Raider, Sixteen), Tuwaine Barrett (The Personal History of David Copperfield, The Last Tree), Yetunde Oduwole (Carnage, Meet The Adebanjos) and Bukky Bakray (Rocks, Self-Charm) who recently became the youngest ever winner of the Bafta Rising Star Award at the age of 19; she also earned a Bafta Best Actress nomination for her role in the film Rocks.

You Don't Know Me
Hero (Samuel Adewunmi), Kyra (Sophie Wilde)
Image Credit: BBC/Snowed In/Helen Williams

You Don’t Know Me centres on the story of a young man, who, with overwhelming evidence against him, stands accused of murder. At his trial, Hero (Adewunmi) tells an extraordinary story. It is about the woman he loves, Kyra (Wilde) who got into terrible trouble. It’s about how he risked everything to save her. He swears he’s innocent. But in the end, all that matters is this: do you believe him?

Directed by Sarmad Masud the drama is co-produced with Netflix for BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

The novel You Don’t Know Me was written by Imran Mahmood, a British novelist and criminal defence barrister. Shortlisted for the Glass Bell Award in 2018, Mahmoud once described his novel to Dead Good as being about: “A young man who is on trial for murder and he gets to the very end of his case but just before the end of his case he sacks his barrister.

“This means that he has to do the closing speech to the jury himself and so the book is his closing speech to deliver directly to the jury so that they reader is the 13th person on the jury.”

Sounds thrilling, we look forward to seeing how closely, if at all, the TV adaption sticks to this premise.

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