Wagatha Christie: Channel 4 to turn Vardy v Rooney libel trial into two-part drama

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Rebekah Vardy (pictured) and Coleen Rooney’s Wagatha Christie libel trial is being adapted into a new Channel 4 drama (Getty Images)
Rebekah Vardy (pictured) and Coleen Rooney’s Wagatha Christie libel trial is being adapted into a new Channel 4 drama (Getty Images)

Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney’s high-profile Wagatha Christie libel trial is set to be adapted into a two-part TV drama by Channel 4.

Mrs Rooney caused a sensation when she publicly claimed that Mrs Vardy’s account was the source behind three fake stories leaked to press after she had posted them on her private Instagram account.

Vardy vehemently denied the allegations and sued the fellow footballer’s wife for libel, while Rooney defended the claim on the basis her post was “substantially true”.

While a verdict has yet to be reached following the week-long trial earlier this year, TV bosses have decided to strike while the iron is hot.

Coleen Rooney and husband Wayne will be played by actors in the new two-part retelling (Getty Images)
Coleen Rooney and husband Wayne will be played by actors in the new two-part retelling (Getty Images)

Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama will recreate courtroom scenes using verbatim court transcripts against analysis from the media.

Actors will play the parts of the warring women as well as their husbands Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy.

TV production company Chalkboard is behind the project with no word as yet on casting or when it is likely to air.

Speaking via a press release, the drama’s director, Oonagh Kearney, said: "This trial utterly captivated the public with its daily feed of entertaining exchanges and jaw-dropping reveals. But behind this, is a story of two women under constant public scrutiny, fighting for their reputations."

Tom Popay, creative director at Chalkboard added: "The court case… captivated the entire nation but very few people actually got to see what happened inside the courtroom. We’re excited to bring the trial to life in such a unique way and we’re hoping we can get to the bottom of how this case fascinated and amazed so many."

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