The BBC is returning to Agatha Christie for more murder and mystery. Today, the network announced they have commissioned a new mini-series based on Christie’s short story The Witness for the Prosecution.
Last year, the BBC found success with their adaptation of Christie’s novel And Then There Were None, which aired on Lifetime in the U.S.
Published in 1925, The Witness for the Prosecution follows the trial of Leonard Vole, a man accused of murdering a wealthy elderly woman named Emily French. The story was later adapted into a successful play and a 1957 film directed by Billy Wilder.
Sarah Phelps will adapt the story into a two-part mini-series, with Julian Jarrold directing. A&E Studios is co-producing alongside Acorn Media Enterprises.
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.”
What do you think? Have you read The Witness for the Prosecution? Will you watch the mini-series?