BBC You Don’t Know Me – Imran Mahmood, the author of the book


BBC You Don’t Know Me is on our screens tonight (December 5) and is a gritty drama based on the legal system and justice.

The TV version was adapted from the hugely popular novel, written by lawyer Imran Mahmood.

You Don’t Know Me follows the main character, Hero, who is charged with murder after his world is turned upside down when his girlfriend, Kyra, goes missing.

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The car salesman and father dismisses his own lawyer when he thinks he can go to court to prove his innocence himself.

The version of events he tells the jurors paints a different picture than that of the prosecution lawyer. But how will Hero behave when it comes to deliberation?

To find out, we will have to have our eyes riveted on the latest opus of You Don’t Know Me, which launches on BBC One from 9 p.m.

In the meantime, we’ll tell you more about the author of the novel-turned-TV series and the other books he’s written. Here is what we know.

Who is Imran Mahmood?

Imran Mahmood is a British lawyer and writer born in Liverpool, north-west England, in 1969.

After attending school and graduating from Kingston University, London in 1990, he trained at the Inn of Court School of Law, before becoming a practicing lawyer.

You Don’t Know Me is Mahmood’s first novel and was released in 2017. The BBC TV series is his first book adapted in this manner.

His second book, I Know What I Saw, came out earlier this year and follows a banker who becomes homeless, taking refuge in what he thought was an empty flat in London’s upscale Mayfair. He soon sees the couple arguing and a murder takes place.

Her third, All I Said Was True, is released in the summer of 2022. It follows the character of Layla, who is arrested for the death of another character, Amy, after her death on the roof of a London office. Layla says the man behind the crime is Michael, but the police can’t find him. Will she be released or will the truth come out?

It’s unclear if either of these two novels will follow in You Don’t Know Me’s footsteps and make it to television.

Speaking about adapting his first book for the BBC, Mahmood told the company: “I always knew that television was going to be a different proposition than the novel because they do different things and in the novel we have plenty of time to explore social issues layer by layer.

“We can treat the characters in a different way, in a much more thoughtful way. On TV we do something else, where the entertainment is front and center and everything else is there to enhance the experience.


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