The Escape Artist: David Tennant, Ashley Jensen and Sophie Okonedo in first pictures

The three-part BBC1 legal thriller sees the former Doctor Who star as barrister Will Burton whose courtroom brilliance comes back to bite him


Thanks to his army of Doctor Who and Broadchurch fans, you can guarantee a new David Tennant drama is going to get a fair bit of attention. His latest is The Escape Artist, starting on BBC1 next week and co-starring Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) and Extras’ Ashley Jensen. 


Tennant plays Will Burton – a high-flying, terrifically talented defence barrister who’s never lost a case (hence the title), much to the consternation of his rival, Maggie Gardner (Okonedo). But his latest client, the prime suspect in a high-profile murder trial, is a different breed of criminal… 

When Will pulls off the impossible and gets shady Liam Foyle (Toby Kebbell) acquitted, his courtroom brilliance comes back to haunt him, turning his life with wife Kate (Jensen) upside down. 

For a sneak peek of what’s to come, take a look at the first photos below: 


The Escape Artist begins on Tuesday 29 October at 9pm on BBC1