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John Simm and Adrian Lester play fa­thers Dan and Jon from very dif­fer­ent walks of life. Their lives col­lide when Dan’s son, Alex, is stabbed and dies in the trauma de­part­ment un­der sur­geon Jon’s care. Dan then blames Jon for his son dy­ing and seeks jus­tice.

John Simm and Adrian Lester star in a new drama about a fa­ther’s quest for the truth…

Adeadly game of blame, shame and retri­bu­tion plays out on ITV this week, as a suc­cess­ful sur­geon’s life falls apart af­ter he’s un­able to save a teenage pa­tient.

Air­ing over three nights, Trauma fol­lows top medic Jon Aller­ton, played by Adrian Lester, who is un­able to save 15-year-old stab­bing vic­tim Alex Bowker (Al­bie Mar­ber) af­ter he’s rushed to hos­pi­tal.

Fa­tal er­ror?

The teenager’s dev­as­tated dad, Dan Bowker (John Simm), holds

Jon per­son­ally re­spon­si­ble for Alex’s death. But could the sur­geon be con­ceal­ing some­thing?

‘Jon is a con­fi­dent, self-as­sured trauma sur­geon at a ma­jor Lon­don hos­pi­tal,’ says for­mer Hus­tle star Adrian. ‘But noth­ing’s been handed to him on a plate. He’s worked hard all his life, so he’s self-made, se­cure and happy – un­til he meets Dan…’

Stum­bling into the op­er­at­ing theatre, fac­tory worker Dan sees Jon hold­ing his son’s heart and thinks he sees the sur­geon panic.

From then on, Dan be­lieves Jon made a mis­take and pur­sues the truth… ‘Dan tracks down Jon and starts to de­stroy his con­fi­dence,’ says Adrian. ‘It trick­les through his life, and his wife and daugh­ter know some­thing is wrong.’

The drama, writ­ten by Doc­tor Foster’s Mike Bartlett, is packed with tense stand-offs, and the fact Dan and Jon are from dif­fer­ent worlds adds to the con­flict.

‘The drama asks: should we judge some­one, like Dan does, for what they’ve achieved?’ says Adrian. ‘There’s no good or bad guy – they’re just peo­ple caught up in a hor­ren­dous sit­u­a­tion.’

Fate­ful event… Griev­ing Dan (left) blames medic Jon

Be­lief… Dan (left) blames Jon for the death of Alex (in­set)

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