You Don't Know Me episode 1 aired on Sunday night, and the pilot episode has already impressed viewers who are now 'hooked' on the new legal drama.
Based on the novel by criminal defence barrister Imran Mahmood, the story centres on a young man named Hero, who, with overwhelming evidence against him, stands accused of murder. As an audience, we're placed in the position of the jurors, unsure as to whether or not Hero is guilty of this crime.
Talking to us about the drama, lead actor Samuel Adewunmi says: "We don’t know if Hero is telling the truth or not, so in a way, the audience is the 13th juror. I love stories like this that don’t make any decisions for you because it trusts that the viewers are intelligent enough to think for themselves and come up with their own ideas."
Episode 1 throws us right in the deep end, with the opening scene taking place in court where a barrister explains what has happened and how Hero was placed at the scene of the crime, with all signs seemingly pointing towards his guilt. But did he really have anything to do with it?
In a shocking turn of events, it is also revealed that Hero has dismissed his legal counsel and now intends to represent himself. From this point, he speaks directly to the audience to give his version of events and hopefully prove his innocence.
It seems it's off to a strong start too, as fans on Twitter have already expressed how impressed they are with the first episode. In fact, some couldn't wait for episode 2 to air and have already hopped onto BBC iPlayer to binge-watch the rest of it!
I thought #YouDontKnowMe was so well done in its first episode. They let every scene breathe just enough whilst advancing the plot to get to the end of the beginning. I loved the courtroom narrative device and the acting was great. Solid start!December 5, 2021
#YouDontKnowMe is one of best drama thrillers @BBCOne has made in ages. Some fantastic acting. I’m looking forward to the next episode already.December 5, 2021
#YouDontKnowMeStraight into ep.2 on IPlayer. It’s very gripping so far. Main actors doing a great job.December 5, 2021
#YouDontKnowMe Wow, utterly gripping, incredible strong performances from the cast and the soundtrack sets the mood...December 5, 2021
Now that was gripping many more twists and turns The main question I have is….. Where can I buy a coat like that from? #youdontknowmeDecember 6, 2021
Hero's story continues tonight (Monday, Dec. 6) at 9pm on BBC1, with episodes three and four airing next week on Sunday, Dec. 12, and Monday, Dec. 13. And if the first episode is anything to go by, it seems like viewers will be on the edge of their seats with this one!
All four episodes of You Don't Know Me are available on BBC iPlayer right now. For more listings - check our TV guide.
Lucy is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2016 with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.
She is also a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema, setting up her own website Lucy Goes to Hollywood in 2017 to review films in her spare time. Her favourite genres are horror, thriller and anything crime related. When she's not writing about film and TV, you'll likely find her playing video games, reading, and trying her hand at podcasting.
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