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All you need to know about The Twelve

All you need to know about The Twelve

Twelve ordinary people, one murder trial and plenty of twists and turns along the way…

By Charlotte Briggs, Staff Writer

The wait is finally over! FOXTEL’s original series The Twelve makes its long-awaited debut on UK screens this month, much to the delight of crime drama fans everywhere.


So, what’s the sitch? Kate Lawson (Kate Mulvany, Elvis) is on trial for the alleged murder of her teenage niece whose body has never been found. Twelve men and women from all walks of life are selected for jury duty to deliberate the particulars. But behind their anonymity lies a series of shattered lives that are just as complicated as the trial itself.

Over ten episodes we learn the complex and sometimes tragic backstory of each juror and how their experiences have shaped their personal definition of justice. With emotions running high, will they be able to come together to rightly determine the killer? There’s only one way to find out.


Starring some familiar faces including Sam Neill as defence lawyer Brett Colby, Brendan Cowell (Avatar: The Way Of Water), Pallavi Sharda (Wedding Season) and Marta Dusseldorp (Wentworth) it’s set to be a tense watch. And you can catch all ten episodes from Thursday 16 February on ITVX (Apps & Games > ITVX).


What’s our verdict? Well, the jury’s still out. But in the meantime, check out our list of 12 (geddit?) compelling legal dramas that are all guilty of being super bingeable.


Better Call Saul

Find seasons 1-6 in Apps & Games > Netflix

The prequel series to cult classic Breaking Bad is set six years before iconic and sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk, Seinfield) came to be. Instead, we’re introduced to Jimmy McGill, a small-time attorney and conman desperately hustling to make ends meet. Over the series he slowly transforms into his alter ego and despite becoming more of a morally challenged criminal over time, you can’t help but root for the guy. Eagle-eyed fans will also spot another beloved Breaking Bad character in the form of Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks).


Extraordinary Attorney Woo

Find season 1 in Apps & Games > Netflix

This hugely popular South Korean series stars Park Eun-bin (Stove League) as Woo Young-woo, a passionate attorney with savant syndrome, who dreams of making it big at a law firm after graduating top of her class from a prestigious university. But how will her particular set of skills help her out in the courtroom?



Find seasons 1-4 in Apps & Games > Netflix

Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo) was once known as the best trial lawyer in the country. Now, he’s a down-on-his luck ambulance chaser and is more likely to be found in the bar than in the courtroom. But a life-changing case soon gives him a chance at redemption – and revenge. Written by two former US attorneys, the series leaves you wondering just how much is fact and how much is fiction. Also starring are William Hurt, Tania Raymonde (Lost) and Nina Arianda (Being The Ricardos).


How To Get Away With Murder

Find Seasons 1-6 in Apps & Games > Netflix

Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award-winner Viola Davis (The Woman King) stars as prominent defence attorney and law professor Annalise Keating, who along with her students unwillingly becomes entangled in a twisted murder plot. This doesn’t stop Keating and her team seeing plenty of action in the courtroom though. Also starring in the ensemble cast are Aja Naomi King (Boxing Day), Jack Falahee (Mercy Street), Billy Brown (Sons Of Anarchy), Alfred Enoch (Harry Potter) and Liza Weil (Gilmore Girls).



Find it in Apps & Games > ITVX

This chilling dramatisation of true events stars David Tennant (Broadchurch), Margarita Levieva (The Deuce) and Barry Sloane (Six). In 2006, former Russian federal agent Alexander Litvinenko (Tennant) was poisoned, claiming on his deathbed that his country’s president Vladimir Putin had ordered his assassination. What followed was a ten-year criminal investigation that made headlines around the world.


National Treasure

Find it in Apps & Games > All 4

Harry Potter co-stars Robbie Coltrane and Julie Andrews star in Jack Thorne’s gripping drama about historic sexual abuse. When legendary comedian Paul Finchley (Coltrane) is accused of sexual assault in the 1990s, his life is turned upside down and a media storm soon follows. Inspired by Operation Yewtree, this four-part series will have you on tenterhooks.



Find it in Apps & Games > ITVX

Quiz tells the real-life scandal of a couple who cheated their way to £1 million on classic gameshow Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. Charles Ingram (Matthew Macfayden, Succession), his wife Diana (Sian Clifford, Flea Bag) and former contestant Tecwen Whittock (Michael Jibson, Four Lives) are on trial for allegedly stealing the jackpot prize from under the noses of producer Paul Smith (Mark Bonnar, Shetland) and host Chris Tarrant (Michael Sheen, Staged). But are they really guilty? You decide…



Find Seasons 1-9 in Apps & Games > Netflix

One of the world’s most famous legal dramas, Suits launched the careers of many famous faces and for good reason. Set in Manhattan, the series follows the successful closer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht, The Good Shepherd) and his genius protégé Mike Ross (Patrick J Adams, Clara). Together the pair fly high in New York City’s law scene, while dealing with betrayals, fiery relationships and in-house power plays. Also starring are Meghan Markle, Rich Hoffman, Gina Torres and Sarah Rafferty.


The Escape Artist

Find it in Apps & Games > ITVX

David Tennant (Doctor Who) stars as barrister Will Burton, whose reputation for getting criminals off the hook precedes him. He takes on the trial of suspected murderer Liam Foyle (Toby Kebbell, Fantastic Four) and has him acquitted on a technicality. But a perceived slight from Foyle leads to deadly consequences for Burton’s family, changing the course of his life forever. Also starring are Sophie Okonedo (Death On The Nile), Tony Gardner (Gentlemen Jack) and Ashley Jensen (After Life).


The Good Fight

Find Seasons 1-3 in Apps & Games > Prime Video

In this spin-off series of long-running drama The Good Wife, high-flying lawyer Diana Lockhart (Christine Baranski, Mamma Mia!) had it all, until she lost her life savings and job to a financial scam. The fallout doesn’t end there though, as it also destroyed the reputation of her goddaughter Maia (Rose Leslie, Game Of Thrones). Determined to start afresh, the pair join forces with Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo, Stay Close) at her distinguished law firm, and work on some very interesting court cases indeed.


The Trial Of Christine Keeler

Find it in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

This scandalous six-part series is based on one of the most famous trials in British history – the Profumo affair. In the 1960s, 19-year-old model Christine Keeler (played by Sophie Cookson, The Confessions of Frannie Langton) ended up in a political love triangle that shocked the nation. The culprits? Britain’s Secretary of State for War John Profumo (Ben Miles, The Crown) and Russian spy Yevgeny “Eugene” Ivanov (Visar Vishka, Legends).


Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama

Find it in Apps & Games > All 4

Michael Sheen (Good Omens) stars in this glitzy two-part drama based on the real-life events of the “Wagatha Christie” case. The 21st-century social media scandal saw Coleen Rooney (wife of footballer Wayne Rooney) accuse Rebekah Vardy (wife of footballer Jamie Vardy) of selling false stories to the press. Starring Chanel Cresswell (This Is England) as Coleen and Natalia Tena (Harry Potter) as Rebekah, it’s an interesting exposé on the world of celebrity cases.


When is The Twelve on TV?

All ten episodes of The Twelve are available to air on ITVX (Apps & Games > ITVX) from Thursday 16 February.

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