Trinity (TV Series)

Format Drama, Comedy, Mysticism
Created by Kieron Quirke
Robin French
Directed by Colin Teague
Declan O'Dwyer
Stephen Woolfenden
Starring Charles Dance
Claire Skinner
Antonia Bernath
Christian Cooke
Reggie Yates
Isabella Calthorpe
Elen Rhys
Arnab Chanda
Mark Wood
Paul Hunter
Michael Higgs
Tom Hughes
David Oakes
Rod Arthur
Anthony Calf
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 8 (List of episodes)
Producer(s) Sue Howells
Editor(s) Xavier Russell
Running time 60 minutes (approx. 44–48 mins excluding commercials)
Original channel ITV2
Picture format 16:9
Original run 20 September 2009 – 8 November 2009
External links

Trinity is a British drama series which was broadcast on ITV2 from September to November 2009. The series is set in the fictional "Trinity College" of "Bridgeford University", and stars Charles Dance, Claire Skinner, Antonia Bernath, Christian Cooke, Reggie Yates and Isabella Calthorpe.

Plot overview

A new academic year begins at the ancient and prestigious Trinity College, Bridgeford University, and among the new students is Charlotte Arc (Antonia Bernath), whose father Richard Arc (Nick Sidi) was formerly a student and then professor at the college. Richard left the institution suddenly some years earlier and had never explained why, and two weeks before Charlotte is due to join the college, he is found dead in mysterious circumstances. Convinced that her father's death is in some way linked to the college, Charlotte enrolls determined to try to uncover the truth.

As Charlotte and her fellow students settle in, they begin to realise that all is not what it seems at Trinity. Beneath the glossy, glamorous veneer lurks a much darker world, governed by strict codes of conduct and secret societies, most notably the mysterious Dandelion Club whose members are among the college's wealthiest and most privileged students who are used to getting their own way.

A progressive new Warden of the college, Dr Angela Donne (Claire Skinner), is trying to modernize the institution. But she has a fight on her hands from those determined to preserve the old order, including the arrogant and sinister Dean, Dr Edmund Maltravers (Charles Dance), and the spoiled and manipulative President of the Dandelion Club, Dorian Gaudain (Christian Cooke), backed by his father, the interfering Lord Ravensby (Anthony Calf).

Besides Charlotte, the new group of students trying to find their way in the college include the streetwise and fiercely intelligent Theo Mackenzie (Reggie Yates), the poetry-loving hopeless romantic Maddy Talbot (Elen Rhys), Dorian's stunning but emotionally-cold cousin Rosalind Gaudain (Isabella Calthorpe), and the lost stoners Angus (Mark Wood) and Raj (Arnab Chanda).

When the college's champion rower, Ross Bonham (David Oakes), turns up dead, a mysterious series of events begins to unfold. But those charged with protecting the secrets that lie within Trinity's ancient halls of learning aren't about to give them up without a fight.


The series was filmed primarily on the campus of Royal Holloway, University of London, with most scenes taking place in or around the Founder's Building. The Founder's Building appears in the exterior shots as well as in some interior shots as the fictional Trinity College.[1] Some interior scenes were also filmed in the Great Hall of Dulwich College in Dulwich, London. Several of the exterior scenes were also filmed at Painshill Park, a renowned 18th Century landscape garden in Cobham, Surrey.




Other characters

  • Lord Ravensby – Anthony Calf
  • Mr Pearce – Mark Aiken
  • Richard Arc – Nick Sidi
  • American Voice – Tara Ward


The show aired weekly on Sundays at 10pm on ITV2 between 20 September 2009 and 8 November 2009, with a repeat showing on the same channel on Wednesdays at 9pm. The drama was originally planned to air at the start of the year but was delayed to allow Paris Hilton's British Best Friend to be broadcast.[2] Trinity had its premiere online at 10pm on 13 September 2009, exactly a week before its TV premiere on 20 September 2009.[3] Episodes 2 to 7 (with the exception of episode 3) premiered online Sundays at 11pm after the previous episode had been shown on ITV2 (episode 3 premiered online on Wednesday 30 September 2009). Episode 8 had no online premiere and was first shown on ITV2 Sunday 8 November. ITV2 repeated the entire series between 23 November 2009 and 2 December 2009 in a 9pm slot.

It has been confirmed by ITV2 Channel Director Zai Bennett that Trinity will not return for a second series.[4]


For further information see: List of Trinity episodes

Episode Date Total Viewers
1 20 September 2009 1,192,500 viewers
2 27 September 2009 937,400 viewers
3 4 October 2009 855,900 viewers
4 11 October 2009 882,500 viewers
5 18 October 2009 827,200 viewers
6 25 October 2009 691,600 viewers
7 1 November 2009 680,000 viewers
8 8 November 2009 674,100 viewers

DVD release

A three-disc DVD set was released on 9 November 2009 (BBFC Certificate 15). Special features include an exclusive behind-the-scenes feature with actors Reggie Yates and Christian Cooke.[5]

See also

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • British Comedy Guide


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