One of the bright lights of this year’s awards season, BAFTA best actress nominee Bukky Bakray of the film “Rocks” will star in forthcoming BBC One and Netflix drama “You Don’t Know Me.”
Produced by Snowed-In Production and co-produced with Netflix, the show has now begun filming in Birmingham. “You Don’t Know Me”, with support from the BBC, is also running a remote high-end TV training program with Film Birmingham for 10 trainees from underrepresented groups.
The four-part drama turns on a young man named Hero (Samuel Adewunmi) who, with overwhelming evidence against him, stands accused of murder. At his trial, Hero tells an extraordinary story about the woman he loves (Kyra, played by Sophie Wilde), and how he risked everything to save her. Hero swears he is innocent, but can we believe him?
Bukky Bakray plays Bless, Hero’s younger sister, who is a guiding force for her older brother and believes fiercely in his innocence.
“You Don’t Know Me” will air on flagship channel BBC One and VOD service iPlayer in the U.K. while Netflix has global rights outside the U.K., Ireland and China.
The project is an adaptation of Imran Mahmood’s bestselling novel, and is written by “The Crown” and “Judy” writer Tom Edge. It’s directed by Sarmad Masud (“My Pure Land,” “Bulletproof”). Along with Bukky Bakray, the series also stars Roger Jean Nsengiyumva (“Tomb Raider”), Tuwaine Barrett (“The Personal History of David Copperfield”), Yetunde Oduwole (“Carnage”) and Nicholas Khan (“Transformers: The Last Knight”). Series producer is Jules Hussey (“Guilt”), while producer is Rienkje Attoh (“Noughts + Crosses”). Executive producers are Ruth Kenley-Letts, Neil Blair and Jenny Van Der Lande (“Mrs Wilson”) and Kate Crowe (“Taboo”). Lucy Richer (“Small Axe”) is executive producing for the BBC.
Snowed-In Productions previously produced Ruth Wilson starrer “Mrs Wilson” for BBC One and ITV mini-series “Too Close,” starring Emily Watson and Denise Gough.