Love/Hate's Nidge to play Padraig Pearse in new 1916 drama

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Padraig Pearse
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Padraig Pearse

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, best known for playing Nidge in gangster drama Love/Hate, will play Padraig Pearse in a new 1916 drama called ‘Trial of the Century’.

The show, which will air on TV3 in April and May, is a recreation of a trial that the 1916 leader never received in real life.

Described as a 'provocative and entertaining take on historical storytelling' by TV3, it puts Padraig Pearse, played by Vaughan-Lawlor - the leader of the 1916 rebellion - in the dock.

According to TV3 in the first episode, the British prosecution presents its case against the Rising’s leader. 
In the second installment, Pearse gives his defence of the Rising and in the third and final programme, the viewers will hear the real time deliberations of an assembled contemporary jury who have the responsibility to convict or acquit Pearse.
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.
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.