Cast announced for Agatha Christie drama as filming begins in Liverpool
Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Productions have revealed an all-star cast for its two-part BBC One adaptation of Agatha Christie’s short story, The Witness For The Prosecution, as filming begins.
Adapted by Sarah Phelps (who also adapted critically acclaimed drama, And Then There Were None for BBC One last December), The Witness For The Prosecution stars Toby Jones (The Secret Agent), Andrea Riseborough (Birdman), Kim Cattrall (Sensitive Skin), David Haig (The Thick Of It), Billy Howle (Cider With Rosie), and Monica Dolan (Eye In The Sky).
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 (Cattrall). All the evidence points to Leonard Vole (Howle), 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 (Dolan) stands by in court. Leonard however, is adamant that his partner, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine (Riseborough), can prove his innocence.
Tasked with representing Leonard is his solicitor John Mayhew (Jones) and King’s Counsel, Sir Charles Carter KC (Haig).
The Witness for the Prosecution is made by Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Productions’ in association with A+E Networks and RLJ Entertainment’s development arm, Acorn Media Enterprises. Acclaimed film and television director, Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane, Appropriate Adult) is directing the drama.
The Witness For The Prosecution began filming today (15 August) in Liverpool.