PICS: Love/Hate's Nidge will play Padraig Pearse in TV3's brand new 1916 set show 6 years ago

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.

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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.

Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, Mark Huberman stars as George Gavan Duffy in TV3’s new 1916 commemorative three-part series ‘Trial of the Century’. Produced by Loosehorse Television and Treasure Entertainment for TV3, ‘Trial of the Century’ is a provocative and entertaining take on historical storytelling, as Padraig Pearse - the leader of the 1916 rebellion - is put in the dock. In a trial that he was never afforded in real life, Pearse (played by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) must defend the actions that changed the course of Irish history. ‘Trial of the Century’ will air on TV3 this April/May. Picture: Brian McEvoy

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.

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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.

Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, Andrew Bennett stars as lead prosecutor Sebastian Banks in TV3’s new 1916 commemorative three-part series ‘Trial of the Century’.  Produced by Loosehorse Television and Treasure Entertainment for TV3, ‘Trial of the Century’ is a provocative and entertaining take on historical storytelling, as Padraig Pearse - the leader of the 1916 rebellion - is put in the dock. In a trial that he was never afforded in real life, Pearse (played by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) must defend the actions that changed the course of Irish history. ‘Trial of the Century’ will air on TV3 this April/May. Picture: Brian McEvoy

 

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