From Nidge to Pearse, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor’s new role is quite the surprise!

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Picture: Brian McEvoy

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor has swapped his gangland tracksuit for a military uniform to play rebel leader Padraig Pearse in TV3’s new 1916 centenary programme Trial of the Century. The show is a three-part drama and is due to air this April/May.

Other names in the upcoming three-part drama include Mark Huberman as George Gavan Duffy, Andrew Bennett as lead prosecutor Sebastian Banks, Aoibhinn McGinnity as mum Catherine Foster, Denis Conway as Pearses senior counsel and Anthony Brophy as Eoin MacNeill.

Green Street Courthouse in Smithfield

Filming took place in Green Street Courthouse in Smithfield which 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. It was extensively used during the troubles from 1970 to 1990s as the home of the Special Criminal Court.

Essentially re-writing history, Trial of the Century tells a fictionalised account of Padraig Pearse in the dock. In a trial that he was never afforded in real life, Pearse must defend the actions that changed the course of Irish history.

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.

Trial of the Century is directed by Maurice Sweeney. Lead writer is Hugh Travers, with screenplay written by Hugh Travers and Colin Murphy. The series is based on an original concept by Loosehorse and is produced by Claire McCaughley for Treasure Entertainment and Cormac Hargaden for Loosehorse Television.

Should make for some interesting watching!