Accused is a British legal drama television anthology series written and created by Jimmy McGovern in which each episode follows a different character as they await their verdict in court, and tells the story behind how they find themselves accused.
The series premiered in the UK on BBC One on 15 November, 2010.
Accused premiered in South Africa on DStv's BBC Entertainment channel on Sunday 2 October 2011, at 20h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are six episodes in the first season.
Christopher Eccleston stars in the opening episode of Accused – six new dramas from Jimmy McGovern about crime and punishment.
These unflinching contemporary stories boast stellar casts comprising: Mackenzie Crook, Juliet Stevenson, Peter Capaldi, Andy Serkis, Marc Warren, Naomie Harris, Warren Brown and, in his first leading role, Ben Smith.
Each story is about an ordinary person who ends up in the dock. But should these men and women be there? Are they innocent or guilty or somewhere in-between?
As each hour-long episode unravels we see how these people became the accused and finally whether they walk free or go down...
Christopher Eccleston stars as a decent man in turmoil; Mackenzie Crook stars as a Corporal Buckley in the story of two friends played by newcomers Ben Smith and Ben Batt who join the British army and discover not obeying orders has deadly consequences in episode two.
Juliet Stevenson and Peter Capaldi star in the third episode a heart-rending tale about parents whose son is fatally injured at work and in the episode four Andy Serkis stars as a cab driver who is desperate to escape the drudgery of his life.
Marc Warren plays a father who acts against his better judgment in episode five and Naomie Harris and Warren Brown play parents whose fall out leads to foul play in the sixth and final episode.
Accused was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning, and is executive produced for the BBC by Polly Hill, Head of Drama, England Independents.
Accused is made for BBC One by RSJ Films. It was produced by Sita Williams, who also executive produced alongside Roxy Spencer and Jimmy McGovern.
Accused directors are David Blair (eps 1, 2 , 5 and 6) and Richard Laxton (eps 3 and 4). The music was specially composed by Adrian Johnston.