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A reconstruction of the courtroom showdown between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy is coming to Channel 4.
Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom Drama is expected to reconstruct explosive scenes that were played out in court and include media analysis of the defamation proceedings.
The trial, dubbed Wagatha Christie, gripped the nation after Coleen turned sleuth to figure out who was selling stories about her private life to The Sun newspaper.
While Coleen, 36 has remained tight-lipped about the trial so far, it has been reported that the mother-of-four has signed a documentary deal about the whole affair.
Rebekah Vardy (right) sued Coleen Rooney (left) for defamation after Coleen suggested Rebekah might be behind the leaks – something Rebekah has always denied
Rebekah Vardy, pictured with her husband Jamie, right, is to be the subject of a major new BBC drama on the Wagatha Christie trial
Meanwhile The Mail on Sunday reported the BBC had landed a documentary telling the story from the perspective of Vardy’s camp.
The two-part Channel 4 programme, produced by Chalkboard, will use the real court transcripts from the High Court trial to recreate scenes from inside the courtroom – including a bombshell moment when Rebekah, 40, admitted her agent Caroline Watt may have been the source of the leaks.
Actors will play the parts of Coleen, Rebekah, Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy alongside real analysis from the media and social media in the Chalkboard production.
Directo 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 #WagathaChristie phenomenon has become one of the most talked about moments in the history of social media.
The court case that followed has captivated the entire nation but very few people actually got to see what happened inside the courtroom.’
During a High Court hearing in May, evidence about the world of the WAGs emerged and Rebekah, 40 – who is married to Leicester City star Jamie Vardy – admitted that her agent Caroline Watt may have been the source of the leaks
Mrs Vardy was also accused by Mrs Rooney’s lawyer, David Sherborne, of deliberately destroying evidence – which she furiously denied
As yet there is no release date for any of the three programmes on the Wagatha Christie saga, but TV companies have wasted no time getting started on production before a verdict in the case has even been delivered.
Speaking about the BBC production, a source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The programme will tell the story about Coleen and Rebekah. It is expected to look very much at the social media aspect of it and how Rebekah was trolled by others.
‘It will have a very worthy approach and will feature members of the Vardy camp and, hopefully, Rebekah. The BBC have already commissioned it and filming is due to start in the coming weeks.’
Sources close to Coleen’s Netflix project say it will be ‘classy and speak from the heart’. It comes after Wayne Rooney’s wife took to social media in October 2019 to allege that leaked stories about her had originated from Mrs Vardy’s Instagram account.
Mrs Vardy was also accused by Mrs Rooney’s lawyer, David Sherborne, of deliberately destroying evidence – which she furiously denied.
A source said: ‘The programme will tell the story about Coleen and Rebekah. It is expected to look very much at the social media aspect of it and how Rebekah was trolled by others. ‘It will have a very worthy approach and will feature members of the Vardy camp and, hopefully, Rebekah. The BBC have already commissioned it and filming is due to start in the coming weeks’
Mrs Rooney’s allegation about the leaks came after she turned sleuth to discover the source of several newspaper stories.
In a strategy that earned her the Wagatha Christie sobriquet, she blocked all but one of her followers from seeing her Instagram account and posted fake stories that subsequently appeared in The Sun.
Another production company, Optomen Television, is also making a programme about the case, although it is understood neither WAG will appear in it.