Danny Boy FIRST LOOK: BBC Releases Thrilling Trailer For New Drama

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A new trailer for factual drama Danny Boy has been released.

A first look at the BBC single drama follows the real-life events of human rights lawyer Phil Shiner [Toby Jones] pursuit of British soldiers accused of war crimes.

Former attorney Phil Shiner and his firm of Public Interest Lawyers filed more than 1,000 claims involving the British military following the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Trailer: A first look at the BBC single drama follows the real-life events of human rights lawyer Phil Shiner’s (played by Toby Jones, pictured) pursuit of British soldiers accused of war crimes

The story is about Private Brian Wood – played by Anthony Boyle – who, after his time in Iraq, embarks on a journey from war hero to alleged murderer.

After returning home from duty, Wood is charged with war crimes by Shiner, who makes it his mission to uncover the ‘crimes’ of British soldiers.

In the opening scene of the trailer, Shiner can be heard saying, “They will tell you that you are a bleeding heart, that you are naive, British soldiers get away with murder.”

Wood’s father Gavin [Alex Ferns]then say: ‘[They] Give you a medal with one and knock your teeth out with the other. The men who try to kill you. ‘

The story is about Private Brian Wood - played by Anthony Boyle - who embarks on a journey from war hero to alleged murderer after his time in Iraq.

The story is about Private Brian Wood – played by Anthony Boyle – who embarks on a journey from war hero to alleged murderer after his time in Iraq.

Crusade: Former attorney Phil Shiner and his firm of Public Interest Lawyers have filed more than 1,000 claims involving the British military following the 2003 invasion of Iraq

Crusade: Former attorney Phil Shiner and his firm of Public Interest Lawyers have filed more than 1,000 claims involving the British military after the 2003 invasion of Iraq

While Wood replies, ‘They turn your head, make you think what you were doing …’

But his father insists, “You did well!”

The next shot sees lawyer Deena Aayari [Kiran Sonia Sawar] ask where one line ends and another begins when it comes to war.

She says, “If you’re shot, you’ve been shot while storming across a field, where does the war bit end – and the arrest and restraint bit begin?”

Disgraced: Shiner was dropped from lawyer in 2007 after being found guilty of misconduct and dishonesty over false abuse claims against British forces

Pictured the real Phil Shiner

Disgraced: Shiner was dropped from lawyer in 2007 after being found guilty of misconduct and dishonesty regarding false abuse claims against British forces (pictured right is the real Phil Shiner)

Story: After returning home from duty, Wood is charged with war crimes by Shiner, who makes it his mission to uncover the 'crimes' of British soldiers

Story: After returning home from duty, Wood is charged with war crimes by Shiner, who makes it his mission to uncover the ‘crimes’ of British soldiers

Wood then adamantly adds, “If these people want to make war a crime, it’s up to them, but I’ve fought for my country and I’m proud of what I’ve done.”

Viewers will see Shiner and Wood face off in a moral and legal battle that follows the story from Danny Boy’s checkpoint to court.

The story is set to investigate one of the largest British public investigations ever, the Al-Sweady Inquiry.

The drama explores the effect Brian’s experience has on not only him but his family as well.

What is happening?  Deena Aayari [Kiran Sonia Sawar] (pictured) questions where one line ends and the other begins when it comes to war

What is happening? Deena Aayari [Kiran Sonia Sawar] (pictured) questions where one line ends and the other begins when it comes to war

This includes his father and ex-soldier, Gavin, played by former EastEnder Ferns, and wife Lucy, played by Leah McNamara.

Boyle said, “I love telling Brian’s extraordinary story. We’re not just going to explore the realities of war, but how they can haunt you. ‘

Toby Jones added, “Robert has written an extraordinarily compelling, intelligent and nuanced script, and it is a real honor to work with Danny Boy’s exceptional cast and creative team to bring it to the screen.”

Moral Battle: Viewers will see Shiner and Wood face off in a moral and legal battle that follows the story from Danny Boy's checkpoint to the courtroom

Moral Battle: Viewers will see Shiner and Wood face off in a moral and legal battle that follows the story from Danny Boy’s checkpoint to the courtroom

Shiner founded and ran Public Interest Lawyers before closing in 2016 and was later dropped in 2017 for ‘misconduct’.

Several of the allegations related to the battle of Danny Boy, when 28 Iraqi insurgents were killed and nine militants taken to Camp Abu Naji military base to be questioned – later claiming they had been subjected to torture.

Shiner was dropped from lawyer in 2007 after being found guilty of misconduct and dishonesty over false abuse claims against British forces.

Next: The story is set to investigate one of the largest UK public inquiries ever, the Al-Sweady Inquiry.

Next: The story is set to investigate one of the largest UK public inquiries ever, the Al-Sweady Inquiry.

The drama explores the effect Brian's experience has not only on him, but on his family (photo Wood's wife Lucy, played by Leah McNamara)

The drama explores the effect Brian’s experience has not only on him, but on his family (photo Wood’s wife Lucy, played by Leah McNamara)

Writer Robert Jones continued, “ Here’s a man who has won a medal for bravery, but whose toughest test was the investigation that followed. External control, as well as soul searching – Brian Wood’s story is fascinating for a writer to discover.

“It has been a great privilege to work with producers with such an accolade and I am very happy that we are going into production with Sam Miller at the helm and a great cast and crew.”

Sue Horth and Colin Barr, executive producers at Expectation, said, “Robert’s script is a razor-sharp analysis of one of our most pressing and morally challenging questions: when is killing an act of war and when is it murder?

Credits: Danny Boy is written by Bafta winner Robert Jones (Murder, Party Animals), directed by Sam Miller (I May Destroy You, Luther) and produced by Simon Lewis (Three Girls, The Nest)

Credits: Danny Boy is written by Bafta winner Robert Jones (Murder, Party Animals), directed by Sam Miller (I May Destroy You, Luther) and produced by Simon Lewis (Three Girls, The Nest)

The story of Color Sergeant Brian Wood and human rights lawyer Phil Shiner – who accused him of war crimes – goes straight to the heart of that question and it is an incredible honor to tell it.

‘Bringing it to life for BBC Two with Sam and Simon and a great cast only adds to that sense of privilege.’

Danny Boy is written by Bafta winner Robert Jones (Murder, Party Animals), directed by Sam Miller (I May Destroy You, Luther) and produced by Simon Lewis (Three Girls, The Nest).

It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, controller of BBC Two, and Piers Wenger, director of BBC Drama. Executive producers are Colin Barr and Susan Horth for Expectation, and Lucy Richer, Jo McClellan and Clare Sillery for the BBC.

Danny Boy will air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer later this spring.

Release: Danny Boy will air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer later this spring

Release: Danny Boy will air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer later this spring

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