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'You Don't Know Me' on BBC1 — cast, plot, and everything we know

You Don't Know Me
Samuel Adewunmi stars alongside Sophie Wilde in the four-part series (Image credit: BBC)

If you enjoyed Vigil, you won't want to miss You Don't Know Me, a new four-part drama adapted for the screen by the man who created BBC1's hit submarine thriller. 

Tom Edge will be bringing the best-selling novel of defense barrister Imran Mahmood, to the screen later this year and with an exciting raft of acting talent on show, it's one to look out for. 

The courtroom drama tells the tale of a young man standing trial for murder, who shares his story with the jury in a desperate bid to keep his freedom. Here's everything we know about the upcoming legal thriller...

'You Don't Know Me' release date

You Don’t Know Me was filmed in Birmingham and the four-part series will begin on Sunday 5th December on BBC1 at 9pm, with the second episode airing the following day.

The third episode will be broadcast on Sunday 12th December, with the fourth and final part coming on Monday 13th December. 

The whole series will be available on BBC iPlayer following the first episode on Sunday 5th December. 

If you live in the US, the show will be coming to Netflix at some point after its UK release. 

Samuel Adewunmi in You Don't Know Me

Samuel Adewunmi has previously appeared in hit ITV drama 'Angela Black'.  (Image credit: BBC)

What's the plot of 'You Don't Know Me'?

A BBC synopsis reads: "The drama centres on a young man, who, with overwhelming evidence against him, stands accused of murder. At his trial, Hero tells an extraordinary story. It is about the woman he loves, Kyra, who got into dangerous 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?"

'You Don't Know Me' cast

You Don’t Know Me stars Samuel Adewunmi as Hero, a young man charged with murder who swears he's innocent. Adewunmi will be familiar to British audiences from his role opposite Joanne Froggatt in Angela Black. He's also appeared in the acclaimed film, The Last Tree

Newcomer Sophie Wilde, who'll be starring in the upcoming Sky Original film The Portable Door, will play Hero's love interest, Kyra.

Roger Jean Nsengiyumva (Tomb RaiderSixteen), Tuwaine Barrett (The Personal History of David CopperfieldThe Last Tree), Yetunde Oduwole (CarnageMeet The Adebanjos) and Nicholas Khan (Transformers: The Last KnightExodus: Gods and Kings) will also appear.

The cast is completed by Bukky Bakray 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.

The production, with support from the BBC, also ran a remote HETV (High-end TV Skills) training programme with Film Birmingham for 10 trainees from underrepresented groups.  

You Don't Know Me

Hero risks everything to save the woman he loves, Kyra.  (Image credit: BBC)

Is 'You Don't Know Me' based on a book? 

The series is based on a 2017 best-selling novel written by defence barrister Imran Mahmood, who says it was inspired by the young men he defended in London courts. 

It was nominated for a number of crime novel awards and was also in the running for the prestigious Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award, which covers books from all genres. 

Is there a trailer for 'You Don't Know Me'?

Yes there an official You Don't Know Me trailer has been released by the BBC. Check it out here!