BBC Thriller ‘The Capture’ Is The Next 'The Bodyguard' And We're So Ready
The Capture arrives on screens tonight, and it's set to tackle the ever more relevant topic of fake news and misinformation in an online era.
Focusing around main character Shaun Emery (Callum Turner) - a soldier who has just been cleared of murdering a civilian - the show highlights the issue of untrustworthy digital sources as his lawyer Hannah (Laura Haddock) starts to investigate new grainy video evidence against him.
Anyone else getting *serious* The Bodyguard flashbacks right now?!
Shaun's life has already been turned upside down by technology once, after he was convicted of a murder which was then overturned due to false video evidence - but as he goes to the pub to celebrate with his friends, a new CCTV clip of him throws his character into question yet again.
"You're under suspicion for assault and kidnapping," officer Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) tells Shaun in questioning, showing him footage of the capture in which they're adamant he can be seen.
However, bafflingly, the CCTV footage shows a completely different turn of events from what viewers saw just moments earlier.
When Shaun protests that the footage doesn't show what actually happened, a confusing mystery then unravels, which throws into question Shaun's mental health, his drinking and also the trustworthiness of the surveillance services.
Could the footage have been doctored? Whatever is going on it sure sounds sinister...
The five-part show will take on an interesting format, as viewers will only know as much information as the characters investigating - and they'll be left constantly doubting the authenticity of what they've learnt.
Speaking to the BBC, the show's creator Ben Chanan - who started writing the show two years ago - said it was interesting how much the phenomenon of fake news had grown as an issue while he was working on the series.
"Now, barely a week goes by without a new warning about the potential horrors of facial recognition, deep-fakes or fake news," he said.
"Perhaps we will soon have to find new ways to judge the veracity of video footage."
Is Shaun guilty? Can we trust the CCTV footage? WE. NEED. ANSWERS. Already!
The Capture airs on BBC One tonight at 9pm.
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