PICS: Love/Hate's Nidge will play Padraig Pearse in TV3's brand new 1916 set show
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor looks the part.
Nidge may have left our TV screens - unless Stuart Carolan plans on bringing the King back via some strange 'it was all a dream' Dallas twist - but Tom Vaughan-Lawlor certainly isn't resting on his laurels.
The talented actor is starring alongside Bryan Cranston in a new film called The Infiltrator but Irish audiences will be a lot more familiar with his new role because he's playing Padraig Pearse in Trial of the Century, a three-part drama that will air on TV3 this April/May.
Other names in the upcoming series include Mark Huberman as George Gavan Duffy, Andrew Bennett as lead prosecutor Sebastian Banks and Nidge's onscreen wife in Love/Hate, Aoibhinn McGinnity.
The first images of the show were released today and Trial of the Century promises to be a provocative and entertaining take on historical storytelling.
The narrative arc of Pearse's life that's going to be explored seems very interesting. In the first episode, the British prosecution presents its case against the Rising’s leader while in the second installment, Pearse mounts a robust defence of the Rising, reaching into a long history of British oppression in an attempt to prove that it is legitimate to overthrow a tyrannical regime with force.
The third and final programme is extremely interesting though because viewers will be allowed to eavesdrop on the real time deliberations of an assembled contemporary jury who have the responsibility to convict or acquit Ireland’s iconic patriot.