Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener and Matthew Goode have been announced as the lead cast members on a new BBC One mini-series based on Agatha Christie’s 1958 novel “Ordeal by Innocence”.
The story begins with the murder of wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll at her family estate. Despite vehemently protesting his innocence, her adopted son Jack is arrested for the crime.
Eighteen months later, Dr Arthur Calgary appears claiming to hold the alibi that can prove Jack’s innocence – all too late though as Jack died in prison before trial.
The Argyll family is reluctant to dig up the secrets of the past, but must face the fact that if Jack isn’t the killer – one of them is. Eleanor Tomlinson, Ed Westwick, Anthony Boyle, Luke Treadaway, Morven Christie, Crystal Clarke, Ella Purnell and Alice Eve also star.
The project marks the contemporary-styled third high-profile mini-series adaptation of a Christie work following 2015’s “And Then There Were None” and last year’s “Witness for the Prosecution”. At least four more are planned in coming years for the British broadcaster.
Sara Phelps is once again returning to pen the script, while Sandra Goldbacher (“Victoria”) is directing.