Courting the camera

Leading criminal silk Ronald Thwaites QC (right) will appear next week on BBC2 defending a teenage boy accused of stabbing a businessman to death in a mock televised murder trial.

Trial by Jury aims to make the trial as realistic as possible and will follow the deliberations of the jury, which is made up of ordinary people.

Joanna Greenberg QC is prosecutor and the judge is His Honour Gerald Butler QC, who has just retired as presiding judge at Southwark Crown Court.

Pathologist Professor Bernard Knight was hired to “create an appropriate corpse”. The programme will be aired on three successive nights from 16 to 18 June.