Kim Cattrall and Toby Jones to star in BBC’s new Agatha Christie thriller
A new Agatha Christie adaptation is underway at the BBC. Following the success of the broadcaster’s star-studded reimagining of And Then There Were None over the Christmas period, Kim Cattrall and Toby Jones have now been snapped up to star in The Witness For The Prosecution – a new two-part drama based on Christie’s 1932 short story and play.
Also starring Andrea Riseborough of Birdman and Oblivion fame, the new production is now filming in Liverpool under the direction of Julian Jarrold (Kinky Boots, Becoming Jane). Set in London in the 1920s, the drama sees Sex and the City star Cattrall taking on the role of the glamorous Emily French, whose brutal murder shocks the neighbourhood.
Meanwhile, Jones will play John Mayhew, solicitor to the number one suspect in the case, and Riseborough will star as Romaine, the suspect’s partner who battles to prove his innocence.
Speaking of the programme, screenwriter Sarah Phelps (And Then There Were None) says: “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.”
If we know anything about Agatha Christie, we know The Witness For The Prosecution is sure to deliver a whole lot of twists and surprises when it finally hits our screens. Lets see whether it can top the 8 million strong audience of And Then There Were None.