New TV adaptation of Agatha Christie’s ‘Witness for the Prosecution’

Agatha Christie, surrounded by some of her 80-plus crime novels.

Agatha Christie

MAMMOTH Screen and Agatha Christie Productions Ltd will be presenting a brand new TV adaptation of Agatha Christie’s short story, The Witness for the Prosecution.

Set in 1920s London, the series will tell the tale of the murder of rich spinster, Emily French, in her home. All the evidence points to the murderer being Leonard Vole, a young man who has been spending time with Emily and has now inherited her vast fortune.

Emily’s dedicated housekeeper, Janet Mackenzie, believes he killed her, but Leonard is adamant that his partner, the enigmatic actress, Romaine Heilger, can prove his innocence.

Tasked with representing Leonard is his solicitor John Mayhew and King’s Counsel, Sir Charles Carter KC.

The new series will star Toby Jones, who will be playing the villain in the new series of Sherlock, as John Mayhew, Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, Bloodline) as Romaine, with Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) as Emily French, Billy Howle as Leonard Vole, David Haig as Charles Carter, and Monica Dolan as Janet MacKenzie.

The first stage adaptation of Christie’s book opened in October 1953 at the Winter Garden Theatre in London. By 1954 Witness for the Prosecution was one of three Christie plays running simultaneously in the West End, a feat which she was the first female playwright to achieve.

The Witness for the Prosecution will air on BBC One in the United Kingdom and Acorn TV in the United States.

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