Trinity launching on ITV2 this Sunday

by Lisa McGarry

Trinity is a brand new drama for ITV2. Set in the gothic, oak panelled halls of residence and lecture theatres of the fictional Bridgeford University, Trinity College. For over 900 years, Trinity has been an elite playground solely for the über rich and powerful. However for the first time in its long and illustrious history, Trinity is about to throw open its doors to students from, well, the lower social classes.

Starring Charles Dance (Starter for Ten, Fallen Angel), Claire Skinner (Outnumbered, Life Begins, Life Is Sweet), Christian Cooke (Demons, Echo Beach/Moving Wallpaper) Reggie Yates (Dr Who, Grange Hill) Antonia Bernath (St Trinian’s) and Isabella Calthorpe, (Harley Street, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People) going to college has never looked so good, or been so dangerous…the 8 part series will bring a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘first term nerves.’
One evening as Richard Arc leaves the church at which he is vicar he is accosted by a sinister stranger, demanding Arc tells him what he knows. Richard, petrified, suffers a massive heart attack and dies.

On a bright Autumn day we first see Trinity college – red brick, classical and grand. On the steps of the college sits Charlotte Arc (Antonia Bernath), daughter of the recently deceased Richard. Also arriving for the start of term is Theo (Reggie Yates), a cool fresher, clearly feeling slightly out of place among the eccentric Trinitonians.

Meanwhile the beautiful, but icy, Rosalind (Isabella Calthorpe) is visiting her cousin, Dorian (Christian Cooke) in his rooms. With little preamble the pair begin having passionate (and noisy) sex.

Worried about the lack of morals at the college, Charlotte’s mother gives her daughter Richard’s treasured bible and leaves. As Charlotte picks up the bible a photo falls out of her father at Trinity with another woman.

In the office of Professor Linus Cooper (Paul Hunter), the extremely twitchy academic is working on some complicated looking medical files when Maltravers (Charles Dance), the Dean, enters looking for him. In reference to the files Maltraver’s enquires after ‘Galahad’, clearly the subject of their research. According to Cooper he is not doing well and they need a new ‘hourglass’ to continue.

Charlotte introduces herself to Theo, and invites him for tea in her room with a few people. Theo finds himself in a room with four earnest, and quite dull, Christian students who tell him more about the Feast of Fools – how it is run by the Dandelion Club and will be a debauched and shocking evening.
In the staff common room Maltravers welcomes Angela Doone (Claire Skinner), the new Warden of Trinity College, and introduces her to the Dons as the woman who will modernise Trinity. But later, when Dorian visits the Dean he warns him about the new modernist Warden; Maltravers informs Dorian that the Feast of Fools has been cancelled by order of the Warden; apparently picking two students from lower-class families to be the jesters for the year is no longer acceptable.

Theo meets a dizzy and vague new student, Maddy (Elen Rhys). Meanwhile Angus (Mark Wood) and Raj (Arnab Chanda), a pair of geeky students, meet, bond over a bong and discuss their main ambition at Trinity; losing their virginity.

Sunday, 20 September 2009, 10:00PM – 11:00PM, ITV2

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