Filming has commenced in Liverpool on The Witness For The Prosecution, an adaptation by Sarah Phelps of Agatha Christie’s classic title for BBC One.
The two instalment adaption boasts an all-star cast of Toby Jones, Andrea Riseborough, Kim Cattrall, David Haig, Billy Howle, and Monica Dolan.
1920s London. Murder, brutal and bloodthirsty, has stained the plush carpets of a handsome London townhouse. The victim is the glamorous and wealthy Emily French (Kim Cattrall). All the evidence points to Leonard Vole (Billy Howle), a young chancer to whom the heiress left her vast fortune and who ruthlessly took her life.
At least, this is the story maintained by Emily’s dedicated housekeeper Janet McIntyre (Monica Dolan). Leonard however, is adamant that his partner, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine (Andrea Riseborough), can prove his innocence.
Tasked with representing Leonard is his solicitor John Mayhew (Toby Jones) and King’s Counsel, Sir Charles Carter KC (David Haig).
Adapted from Christie’s 23 page short story of the same title, The Witness For The Prosecution will be directed by acclaimed film and television director, Julian Jarrold and produced by Colin Wratten. The title was first adapted for television in 1949 and again in 1982. In the 1950s it was turned into a successful stage play while a movie version was released in 1957 directed by Billy Wilder.
The Witness for the Prosecution is a Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Productions’ drama for BBC One, in association with A+E Networks and RLJ Entertainment’s development arm, Acorn Media Enterprises.