All rise for a brand new TV adaptation of short story, The Witness for the Prosecution.

TuppenceTuppence City of London, United Kingdom admin

Following the success of last year’s three-part thriller And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie will be back on your screens this year with a new two-part adaptation of Christie’s 1925 short story, 'The Witness for the Prosecution'. Adapted by Sarah Phelps (And Then There Were None, The Casual Vacancy) and directed by Julian Jarrold (The Crown, The Girl), The Witness for the Prosecution will be co-produced by Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Productions.

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.

We will keep you updated on the progress of the adaptation as it happens.

Any questions? Please email generalenquiries@agathachristie.com
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  • GKCfanGKCfan Wisconsin, United States mod
    I am looking forward to seeing more about who's cast in this!  Is this planned for another "Christie for Christmas?"
  • TuppenceTuppence City of London, United Kingdom admin
    The air date is yet to be confirmed but it would be great if it was. Who would you like to see cast as Leonard Vole?
    Any questions? Please email generalenquiries@agathachristie.com
  • tudestudes Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ✭✭✭✭
    It's an excellent idea! I hope this one will be so good as the movie! I 've read this short story weeks ago and I think it's one of the best A.C. short stories! Good news!

  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭
    Janet could be played by Imelda Staunton and Sir Wilfred by Jim Broadbent.
  • edited June 2016
    I hope this will be better than "And Then There Were None" that played on TV recently. I disliked the adaptation so much! I hope "Witness For The Prosecution" will be better. I have heard that Rachel Stirling will play Vole's wife.....interesting because her mother Diana Rigg played that role back in the 80's version. I think her daughter would be a perfect choice for the role. I just hope that they don't try so hard to modernize it. Just keep it faithful to Agatha Christie's story and to the Christie formula.


    “People in the dark are quite different, aren’t they?”  ― A Murder Is Announced 
  • GriseldaGriselda ✭✭✭✭
    @Tuppence, Hi Tuppence, there is a lot of good information on WIKI about the film, it having 100% rating, and someone buying the rights to the play. It is the sort of background that fans find interesting. You could get an article written, with some good shots of Marlene Dietrich, and we could see which actresses we think would play the part in her style, or differently.

    Now is the moment when stimulus material is called out for to prompt in depth discussion and show the background. This is what they do on television when an event or production is in the offing. Also, I am saying this to be helpful - please tell your other moderators the facts, because it looks odd for GCKFan to be asking you questions about when the film is going to be made, when you both work for AgathaChristie Limited. 
  • GriseldaGriselda ✭✭✭✭
    It will be interesting to see which version the directors choose to do. WIKI states that Agatha Christie had been dissatisfied with the original ending for her short story - since the murderer escapes justice. She re-wrote the plot for the stage version and changed the ending. Very interesting to me that the original story was written in 1925, and appeared in Flynn's Weekly, as "Traitor Hands".. In 1933, the story ws published for the first time in the collection The Hounds of Death, in the UK only. The story was not published in the US until 1948! That is such a time lapse. Society would have changed so much during that period. I think some of the early Christie stories are rather melodramatic, and the characters are like glamorous, unrealistic figures from silent movies. I think of the actress in The Blue Train. The Man in the Brown Suit something of a caper - almost like a Buster Keaton movie. The characters seem to symbolise what is exotic and foreign, and appeal to the audiences' thirst for the latin or Eastern passionate lover. I wonder what sort of a love story the modern audience will want?
  • Interesting Griselda how you mention the early Christie stories being melodramatic and your analysis of the characters. Very interesting observation and something that I will need to take a look at and think about when I read the earlier Christie stories again. 


    “People in the dark are quite different, aren’t they?”  ― A Murder Is Announced 
  • GriseldaGriselda ✭✭✭✭
    I don't feel that The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is one such melodramatic novel. She seems to have written using different styles at one and the same era of her career.
  • TuppenceTuppence City of London, United Kingdom admin
    The adaptation will be based on the short story that was published in 1925 and it will be set in the 1920s.
    Any questions? Please email generalenquiries@agathachristie.com
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