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Michael Socha as police officer, Justin Mitchell © BBC

Following the success of the first series of BBC’s Showtrial, the BBC has released new pictures for the upcoming second series of the legal anthology drama.

The new series will focus on the high profile case of ‘Officer X’ – a policeman accused of murdering a climate change activist.

Leading the cast is Michael Socha (The Gallows Pole) as charismatic and cocky police officer Justin Mitchell; Adeel Akhtar (Fool Me Once) stars as Sam Malik, an anxious defense solicitor with a reputation for winning lost causes; and Leila Hassoun-Kenny (Nathalie Armin) a driven CPS lawyer leading the case against the accused.

Michael Socha and Adeel Akhtar © BBC

When high-profile climate activist Marcus Calderwood (Barney Fishwick) is left for dead in a violent hit and run, he uses his dying moments to apparently identify his killer – a serving policeman. But who is this unnamed Officer X? What does his own history reveal about the nature of trauma and revenge, and was Marcus’ death a tragic accident or pre-meditated murder?

Adeel Akhtar as defence solicitor, Sam Malik © BBC

The cast also stars, Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones), Fisayo Akinade (Heartstopper), Tom Padley (The Lost Pirate Kingdom), Kerrie Hayes (Tin Star), Barney Fishwick (Living), Nina Toussaint-White (Bodyguard), Zoe Telford (Men Only), Ali Khan (A Haunting in Venice), Daniel Kendrick (Inside Man), Frankie Wilson (Against the Ice), Anna Próchniak (The Tattooist of Auschwitz), Anna Wilson Jones (Victoria), John Light (Around the World in 80 Days), Aidan McArdle (Spy/Master), Daisy Badger (The Sandman), Flora Montgomery (The Crown), Pearce Quigley (Detectorists), John Marquez (Doc Martin), Anna Healy (Mother’s Day) and Francesca Annis (Flesh and Blood) is seen for the first time as Dame Harriet Kenny.

Nathalie Armin as CPS lawyer, Leila Hassoun-Kenny ©BBC
Barney Fishwick as climate activist Marcus Calderwood © BBC
Kerrie Hayes © BBC
Fisayo Akinade © BBC
Tom Padley and Joe Dempsie © BBC
Adeel Akhtar © BBC
Francesca Annis as Dame Harriet Kenny © BBC

Showtrial is made by World Productions (Vigil, Line of Duty) for the BBC and written by Ben Richards and will air later this year.