The first trailer has been released for the BBC’s latest Agatha Christie mini-series.
From the creative team behind 2016’s The Witness for the Prosecution and 2015’s And Then There Were None, Ordeal By Innocence began filming in Scotland last summer and was originally expected to air at Christmas.
Transmission was delayed, however, due to major reshoots following serious allegations against Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick. His role in the three-part drama has been replaced by actor Christian Cooke.
Written by Sarah Phelps (Great Expectations, The Casual Vacancy), the adaptation of Christie’s 1958 detective novel will now air on BBC One in the UK this Easter.
Watch the trailer:
The cast of Ordeal By Innocence includes Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey), Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Catherine Keener (Get Out), Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark), Anthony Boyle (Harry Potter And The Cursed Child), Luke Treadaway (Fortitude), Morven Christie (The A Word), Crystal Clarke (Star Wars), Ella Purnell (Churchill) and Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness).
The official synopsis reads: “Christmas 1954. Wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll is murdered at her family estate Sunny Point.Her adopted son Jack Argyll, a young delinquent, is arrested for her murder. He vehemently protests his innocence.
“Eighteen months later, Dr Arthur Calgary, a scientist, walks onto the velvety lawns of Sunny Point claiming to have just returned from an expedition to the Arctic. Even more extraordinary is his claim to hold the alibi that can prove Jack’s innocence. But Jack died in prison before the case could come to trial, and the Argyll family is reluctant to dig up the secrets of the past.
“Rachel’s widower Leo is about to remarry his secretary Gwenda and none of Rachel’s other adopted children Mary, Mickey, Tina or Hester, nor longstanding housekeeper Kirsten, is willing to reopen that most horrendous chapter of their lives. However, the shattering implications of Calgary’s story are too big to avoid; if he is telling the truth then the wrong person was arrested for Rachel’s murder. And if Jack was not the killer, then it must have been somebody else at Sunny Point.”