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Published on February 1st, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

David Tennant IS The Escape Artist

He’s a talented junior barrister, who specialises in spiriting people out of tight legal corners, to his colleagues he’s the Houdini of the High Courts – to you, he’s former Tenth Doctor David Tennant, star of brand new three part legal drama The Escape Artist coming soon to BBC One.

Written by David Wolstencroft, The Escape Artist wants to expose the blood and guts behind the often drily intellectual world of jobbing barristers:

I wanted to write a thriller set in the legal world that’s as much about those primal feelings as it is about the twists and turns of the case. David Tennant is one of the most accomplished and iconic actors of his generation.

In the drama, David plays Will Burton, a highly sought after barrister who has never lost a case. But when his talents acquit the prime suspect in a horrific murder trial, that brilliance comes back to bite him with unexpected and chilling results.

Joining David is an impressive roster of actors including: Toby Kebbell (RocknRolla, Black Mirror), Sophie Okonedo (Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka and The Beast Below, The Slap, Criminal Justice), and Ashley Jensen (Extras, Ugly Betty).

The Escape Artist is produced by Hilary Bevan Jones (State Of Play, Restless) and Paul Frift (The Best Possible Taste, Restless) and directed by Brian Welsh (Black Mirror, In Our Name, the up-coming Mayday).


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

One Response to David Tennant IS The Escape Artist

  1. avatar Rose Tyler says:

    I can’t help but point out some comparisons between this new miniseries and Shark. The ironic part is that I just found out that David and James Woods have the same birthday. Anyway, the way the first part of The Escape Artist starts out is how the pilot episode of Shark starts. If Will has a daughter the same age as Sebastian’s daughter, then my case will be rested. I’m just saying.

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