If last year’s And Then There Were None is anything to go by, 2016’s Agatha Christie adaptation – The Witness For The Prosecution – is set to be a real festive treat. Adapted once again by the excellent Sarah Phelps and featuring a stellar cast that includes Kim Cattrall, Toby Jones, Andrea Riseborough, Kim Cattrall, David Haig, Billy Howle and Monica Dolan, it’s a two-part affair set in 1920. Now we know when it’s going to go out.
All evidence points to Leonard, a dashing young chancer who seduced the older woman into leaving him her vast fortune before ruthlessly taking her life. At least, this is the story that Emily’s distraught, devoted housekeeper Janet stands by in court.
Mayhew, a penniless solicitor, is put in charge of Leonard’s case. Initially treating the suspect with indifference, Mayhew is gradually moved by the young man’s case. Leonard is certain that his innocence can be proved by his wife, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine. The entire case rests on her alibi, and Mayhew is reassured to learn that she witnessed Leonard return at 9.30pm, the time when he supposedly murdered Emily.
Will she testify and save her husband or will his infidelity make her vengeful?
The Witness For The Prosecution: Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th December, 9pm, BBC1