The hunt is on to find the murderer of a wealthy glamorous heiress who is found dead in her London townhouse. Based on the short story by Agatha Christie.
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 Mayhew (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Leonard Vole (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Emily French (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Janet McIntyre (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Romaine Heilger (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Justice Grenville Parris (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Sir Charles Carter (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Tripp (2 episodes, 2016)
Adam Jowett ...
 Clerk (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Dora (2 episodes, 2016)
Dorian Lough ...
 Detective Breem (2 episodes, 2016)
Ted Robbins ...
 Bernie (2 episodes, 2016)
Miranda Nolan ...
 Christine Moffat (2 episodes, 2016)
Paul Dallison ...
 Stage Manager (2 episodes, 2016)
Tim McMullan ...
 Sir Hugo Meredith (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Alice Mayhew (2 episodes, 2016)
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Set in 1920s London, a brutal and bloodthirsty murder has stained the plush carpets of a handsome London townhouse. The victim is the glamorous and 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 McIntyre stands by in court. Leonard however, is adamant that his partner, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine, can prove his innocence. Tasked with representing Leonard is his solicitor John Mayhew and King's Counsel, Sir Charles Carter KC.

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This is the first production to be based on Agatha Christie's original short (twenty-three pages) story first published in the January 31 1925 edition of Flynn's Weekly as 'Traitor Hands'. She republished it in 1933 under the present title as part of a collection called 'The Hound of Death and other stories'. Christie expanded the story for her 1953 play, changing some of the character names and introducing Sir Wilfrid Robarts as the defence counsel. It is the play and not the short story that have been the basis for all subsequent television and film versions. See more »

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The gramophone in episode one playing a 78 shellac record has the sound of a 33rpm vinyl record supposedly at the end of the track, but the visual shows the needle about a third of the way into the track which would have music etc. See more »

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Version of Witness for the Prosecution (1982) See more »

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Grim
1 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I suppose it's a question of taste, and some people may find the BBC adaptations more realistic than the ITV Poirot & Marple adaptations, but I'm afraid both this and last year's "And Then There Were None" just leave me thoroughly depressed.

While both have been well-acted and well-directed, there seems to be an insistence on making things as bleak, miserable and depressing as follows, from the coughing-fit sex scene to the muted colours with no really likable characters at all.

Perhaps it is wrong to expect stories of murder to be fun. And maybe shows like "Midsomer Murders" cater for the likes of me.

I just find it irritating that in order to gain critical respectability, the BBC feels a need to pour a thick layer of dismal over their Christie adaptations. As excellent an actor as Toby Jones is, I found myself longing for Charles Laughton's bombast and energy.

And yes, I must admit, I miss the flashy, cartoony ITV Marple series. What a shame the BBC now has the rights to those stories too.


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