The Witness for the Prosecution

The Witness for the Prosecution first aired on BBC One in 2016, produced by the same team behind 2015’s adaptation of And Then There Were None. Go behind the scenes and find out more about the adaptation based on Christie’s short story of the same title.

Overview

1920s London. A murder, brutal and bloodthirsty, has stained the plush carpets of a handsome London townhouse. The victim is the glamorous and rich Emily French. All the evidence points to Leonard Vole, 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 stands by in court. Leonard however, is adamant that his partner, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine, can prove his innocence. Tasked with representing Leonard is his solicitor John Mayhew and King’s Counsel, Sir Charles Carter KC.

The Witness for the Prosecution is a new two-part drama adapted from Agatha Christie's short story of the same title. Written by Sarah Phelps (And Then There Were None, Casual Vacancy), the adaptation is directed by Julian Jarrold (Kinky Boots, Becoming Jane) and produced by Colin Wratten (The Musketeers, One of Us) for BBC One.

It was a dark and a nasty story, utterly watchable throughout.
The Guardian

The Witness for the Prosecution first aired on BBC One in the UK on the 26th and 27th December 2016, and on Acorn TV in the US on the 30th January 2017.

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Meet the Cast

The illustrious cast of The Witness for the Prosecution includes Kim Cattrall as Emily French, Toby Jones as John Mayhew, Andrea Riseborough as Romaine Vole, Billy Howle as Leonard Vole, Monica Dolan as Janet McIntyre and David Haig as Sir Charles Carter.

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Behind the Scenes

Kim Cattrall shares her thoughts on Agatha Christie and her role in The Witness for the Prosecution.

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