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You Don’t Know Me review: A smart courtroom drama with a popular star performance at its heart

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Showtrial It’s not over yet and Beeb is preparing another drama in the courtroom about an unreliable suspect. How much justice under scrutiny is enough for a fall schedule? I realize that the well-established format is there for a reason, but it feels a bit hard to imagine.

To protect You do not know me (BBC One), it’s not just a companion to the previous show. Adapted by Tom Edge, who wrote Vigil – the man doesn’t sleep? – from a novel by Imran Mahmood, a crime lawyer, these four explore the prejudice underlying the justice system. Defendant in ShowtrialTalitha (Celine Buckens), unloved but privileged in every way, is a wealthy, well-connected, handsome white woman.

Here the opposite is true. Samuel Adeyunmi stars as defendants, just called “Heroes”. As a young black car salesman from south London, he didn’t have much to offer. At the beginning of this opening episode, it looks like he’s getting his hands dirty for murder. A drug dealer, Jamil (Roger Jean Nsengiyumva), is dead and has a pile of evidence against Hero. He has motives, methods and opportunities. The jury showed up to find him guilty, but then he stood up. His lawyer advised him not to speak, he said, but he wanted to tell his story. Although he did some bad things, and we will hear about them, he is not guilty in this murder.

The action goes back to the beginning. We see how he meets Kyra (Sophie Wilde) on a bus and pursues her, respectfully if perhaps slightly attractively, before she agrees to go on a date. They are more attached The great Gatsby and the correct way to make carbonara. Flirting is created enough to be believable. It was a sensitive, timid affair. Then she disappeared. While hunting for her, the Hero contacted Jamil. He may want a favor, but Jamil will want something in return. Soon the Hero will buy a gun, and generally have to travel a long way from the gallery. “These people are not like you,” he told the jury. They are not responsible citizens going to court.

It would be too simplistic if this were a case of racial injustice. What’s smart about the way You do not know me It was established that we were never allowed to shake off our nagging doubts about the Hero. Even his name comes with the implication that he may not be one. Why did he save this testimony in the end? If he was really innocent, he would have given his case to his lawyer by now. Is this simply one last act of desperation by a man trying to escape a life sentence? Either way, his story keeps you watching. The supporting cast is evenly strong, especially Nsengiyumva as a gangster with a few surprises going on, but the whole thing revolves around Adeyunmi. He’s realistic in every scene, straddling the line between believable and suspicious. It’s testament to his heartwarming performance as a star that we keep surmising. Guilty or not, this Hero makes a very legitimate case.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/reviews/you-dont-know-me-samuel-adewunmi-b1969264.html You Don’t Know Me review: A smart courtroom drama with a popular star performance at its heart

Emma Bowman

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