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All Star Cast Announced for Ordeal by Innocence

5th July 2017

Agatha Christie’s 1958 novel, Ordeal by Innocence, will be brought to life this year a new Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Ltd drama for BBC One. Adapted by Sarah Phelps, the new three-part drama features an impressive all-star ensemble cast including Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean) as Leo Argyll and Catherine Keener (Get Out, Capote) as his wife, Rachel Argyll. The adopted Argyll children are played by Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark, Loving Vincent) as Mary, Anthony Boyle (Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams: The Commuter) as Jack, Ed Westwick (White Gold, Gossip Girl) as Mickey, Crystal Clarke (Assassin’s Creed, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens) as Tina, and Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Churchill) as Hester.

Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness, Black Mirror) takes on the role of Gwenda Vaughan, whilst Matthew Goode (The Good Wife, Downton Abbey) plays Phillip Durrant, Luke Treadaway (Fortitude, A Street Cat Named Bob) plays Arthur Calgary, and Morven Christie (The A Word, The Replacement) plays Kirsten Lindstrom.

The story begins in 1954 when wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll is murdered at her family estate Sunny Point. Her adopted son Jack Argyll, a young delinquent, is arrested for her murder. He vehemently protests his innocence. Eighteen months later, Dr Arthur Calgary, a scientist, walks onto the velvety lawns of Sunny Point claiming to have just returned from an expedition to the Arctic. Even more extraordinary is his claim to hold the alibi that can prove Jack’s innocence. But Jack died in prison before the case could come to trial, and the Argyll family is reluctant to dig up the secrets of the past. Rachel’s widower Leo is about to remarry his secretary Gwenda and none of Rachel’s other adopted children Mary, Mickey, Tina or Hester, nor longstanding housekeeper Kirsten, is willing to reopen that most horrendous chapter of their lives. However, the shattering implications of Calgary’s story are too big to avoid; if he is telling the truth then the wrong person was arrested for Rachel’s murder. And if Jack was not the killer, then it must have been somebody else at Sunny Point.

Discover Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence here.