BBC One has set the cast for The Witness For The Prosecution. Kim Cattrall (Sex And The City) Toby Jones (Wayward Pines), Andrea Riseborough (Bloodline), David Haig (Yes, Prime Minister), Billy Howle (Cider With Rosie) and Monica Dolan (The Casual Vacancy) have all been cast in the two-part Agatha Christie Adaptation, TVWise has learned.
The Witness For The Prosecution is set in the 1920s and opens shortly after a brutal murder has taken place in a 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.
Sex And The City star Kim Cattrall takes on the role of glamorous murder victim Emily French; Toby Jones plays John Mayhew, Leonard’s solicitor; Andres Riseborough is set as enigmatic chorus girl Romaine; David Haig plays Leonard’s barrister, Sir Charles Carter KC; Billy Howle is prime suspect Leonard Vole; while Monica Dolan will portray Emily’s dedicated housekeeper Janet Mackenzie.
The two-part drama, which is now filming in Liverpool, is based on Christie’s 23-page short story and was adapted for the small screen by The Casual Vacancy and The Cormoran Strike Mysteries scribe Sarah Phelps. Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Productions are producing in association with A+E Networks and Acorn Media Enterprises, with Colin Wratten on-board to produce. The executive producers are James Prichard, Hilary Strong, Karen Thrussell Damien Timmer, Matthew Read and Sarah Phelps. Appropriate Adult helmer Julian Jarrold is directing.