Sunday 25 September 2016

First look at Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Padraig Pearse in TV3's 1916 Rising drama

Sasha Brady

Published 23/02/2016 | 13:31

Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, Tom Vaughan Lawlor stars as Padraig Pearse in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, Tom Vaughan Lawlor stars as Padraig Pearse in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, Andrew Bennett stars as lead prosecutor Sebastian Banks in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, Mark Huberman stars as George Gavan Duffy in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, David Heap stars as Judge Bonham in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, Tom Vaughan Lawlor stars as Padraig Pearse in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pictured in Green Street Courthouse (From L to R) Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Padraig Pearse with Craig Kenny, 1st Assistant Director of TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor escapes from the shadow of his Love/Hate character Nidge as he prepares for a dramatically different role in TV3's new 1916 Rising drama.

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Pictures released today show the actor as you've never seen him before; playing the part of Padraig Pearse, leader of the 1916 Easter Rising, in TV3’s new series Trial of the Century.

Pictured in Green Street Courthouse (From L to R) Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Padraig Pearse with Craig Kenny, 1st Assistant Director of TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pictured in Green Street Courthouse (From L to R) Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Padraig Pearse with Craig Kenny, 1st Assistant Director of TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy

The series takes an imagined look at the trials of the leaders of the Rising if they hadn't been executed.

In a trial he was never granted in real life, Pearse is put in the dock as he defends the actions of the 1916 Rebellion.

Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, Andrew Bennett stars as lead prosecutor Sebastian Banks in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, Andrew Bennett stars as lead prosecutor Sebastian Banks in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Filming took place in Green Street Courthouse in Smithfield. The court was the venue of several noted trials such as those of Wolfe Tone and Robert Emmet in 1803, John Mitchel in 1848 and other Fenian leaders.

The first part will be a dramatisation of the court cases and the final part will be similar to a live discussion in front of a studio audience.

Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, Mark Huberman stars as George Gavan Duffy in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, Mark Huberman stars as George Gavan Duffy in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy

The live discussion gives viewers the opportunity to eavesdrop on the real time deliberations of an assembled contemporary jury who have the responsibility to convict or acquit Ireland’s iconic patriot. 

The jury will be made up of both well-known public figures and 'ordinary' Irish citizens, representing all shades and flavours of Irish life, the names of which have yet to be revealed.

Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, David Heap stars as Judge Bonham in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, David Heap stars as Judge Bonham in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Other well-known names that feature in the three-part special include Mark Huberman as George Gavan Duffy, Andrew Bennett as lead prosecutor Sebastian Banks, Aoibhinn McGinnity as mum Catherine Foster, Denis Conway as Pearse’s senior counsel and Anthony Brophy as Eoin MacNeill.

Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, Tom Vaughan Lawlor stars as Padraig Pearse in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, Tom Vaughan Lawlor stars as Padraig Pearse in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, Tom Vaughan Lawlor stars as Padraig Pearse in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Pictured in Green Street Courthouse, Tom Vaughan Lawlor stars as Padraig Pearse in TV3s new 1916 commemorative three-part series Trial of the Century. Picture: Brian McEvoy

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