Love/Hate's Tom Vaughan-Lawlor to play Padraig Pearse in 1916 drama

The show will see Pearse take part in a trial he was never afforded in real life

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Padraig Pearse, TV3, drama, Trial of the Century, 1916,

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Padraig Pearse | Image: TV3

Nidge may be gone from our screens, but actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor is coming back to play rebel leader Padraig Pearse.

A 1916 centenary programme called 'Trial of the Century' will air on TV3 later this year.

Other names in the three-part drama include Mark Huberman, Andrew Bennett and Aoibhinn McGinnity.

Filming took place in the Green Street Courthouse in Smithfield, Dublin.

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Padraig Pearse | Image: TV3

The court 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.

The new show will see Pearse, played by Vaughan-Lawlor, put in the dock in a trial that he was never afforded in real life.

There, he must defend the actions that changed the course of Irish history.

The new drama will air this spring.