Thursday 29 September 2016

Robbie Coltrane plays celebrity accused of sex offences in National Treasure

Published 20/09/2016 | 02:51

Actor Robbie Coltrane plays a celebrity accused of historic sex offences in Channel 4's National Treasure
Actor Robbie Coltrane plays a celebrity accused of historic sex offences in Channel 4's National Treasure

Harry Potter star Robbie Coltrane will play a comedian and celebrity broadcaster accused of historic sex offences when new TV drama National Treasure premieres tonight.

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Coltrane plays Paul Finchley, a star whose life falls apart after he is accused of the crimes, in the show inspired by Operation Yewtree.

The trailer for the Channel 4 programme shows Coltrane's character say: "They think I'm Jimmy Savile," as he is interviewed by police, hounded by photographers and a tabloid declares his "sex shame."

The four-part series was written by screenwriter and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne, and stars Julie Walters as Finchley's wife and Andrea Riseborough as his daughter.

Thorne has previously said: "National Treasure is a piece about doubt, about the smell of abuse, about how we as a society live in Yewtree times.

"Paul is a man who could be innocent or guilty. We're going to examine him from all sides and ask that big question - how well do we know the people closest to us?"

National Treasure begins on Channel 4 at 9pm.

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