BBC ONE orders The Witness For The Prosecution

Company News June 21, 2016

BBC ONE have ordered one of Agatha Christie’s most celebrated works The Witness for the Prosecution as a new two-part adaptation by Sarah Phelps. Agatha Christie Productions will be co-producing the series with Mammoth Screen following the companies’ successful pairing on last year’s three-part thriller And Then There Were None – a show that drew over 8 million viewers.

In 1920s London a murder, brutal and bloodthirsty, has stained the plush carpets of a handsome London townhouse. The victim is the glamorous and enormously 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 Mackenzie stands by in court. Leonard however, is adamant that his partner, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine, can prove his innocence.

Writer Sarah Phelps said: “With the long terrible shadow of the Great War falling across the rackety, feral 1920s, The Witness for the Prosecution is a compelling story of deceit, desire, murder, money and morality, innocence and guilt, heartbreak and most painful and dangerous of all, love.  At the centre of this dark and tangled net is the astonishing character of Romaine, a noir heroine for all our times.”

The Witness For The Prosecution is adapted by Sarah Phelps (And Then There Were NoneThe Casual Vacancy, The Crimson FieldGreat Expectations), directed by Julian Jarrold (The Crown, The Girl, Appropriate Adult,) and co-produced by Mammoth Screen (PoldarkAnd Then there Were NoneRemember Me, Parade’s End) and Agatha Christie Productions (And Then There Were NonePartners In Crime). The executive producers are James Prichard and Hilary Strong for Agatha Christie Productions, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen, Sarah Phelps and Matthew Read for the BBC.