An all-star cast is set to bring Agatha Christie‘s classic short story to life on the BBC and today we’ve got the first look at the cast and style we can expect to see in The Witness for the Prosecution. Leading the ensemble cast is Toby Jones, alongside Andrea Riseborough, Kim Cattrall, Billy Howle, David Haig and Monica Dolan star in this Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Productions drama for BBC One.
Adapted by Sarah Phelps, and directed by Julian Jarrold, it’s 1920s London and there’s been a brutal, bloodthirsty murder that has stained the plush carpets of a London townhouse. The victim is the glamorous and rich widow Emily French. All the evidence points to Leonard Vole (Howle), a young chancer to whom the heiress left her vast fortune and who ruthlessly took her life. At least, this is the story that Emily’s dedicated housekeeper Janet McIntyre (Dolan) stands by in court. Leonard however, is adamant that his partner, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine (Riseborough), can prove his innocence. Tasked with representing Leonard is his solicitor John Mayhew (Jones) and King’s Counsel, Sir Charles Carter KC (Haig).
Of course, this is just the start of a 4-year deal with the BBC that will also see another 6 adaptations coming to the small screen but in the meantime, here’s a look at what’s surely going to be another wonderful murder mystery on the Beeb…
The Witness for the Prosecution will air on BBC One this Christmas.