Bill Nighy Ready For Christie’s Ordeal By Innocence

BBC One has announced that Bill Nighy (Love Actually) and Catherine Keener (Capote) will star in Sarah Phelps‘ (And Then There Were None) three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1958 classic novel Ordeal By Innocence. Filming begins in Scotland this month.

Ordeal By Innocence begins at Christmas 1954. Wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll is murdered at her family estate, Sunny Point, and her adopted son Jack Argyll is arrested for her murder, though he protests his innocence.

Eighteen months later, scientist Dr Arthur Calgary arrives at Sunny Point claiming to have just returned from an expedition to the Arctic, and that this gives an alibi for Jack. 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.

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.

The cast is rounded out by Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey), Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark), Ed Westwick (White Gold), Luke Treadaway (Fortitude), Morven Christie (The A Word), Crystal Clarke (Assassin’s Creed), Ella Purnell (Churchill) and Alice Eve (Black Mirror).

Ordeal By Innocence is the first of seven new adaptations to be made by the BBC over the next four years in a deal struck with Agatha Christie Productions, with Death Comes As The End and The ABC Murders confirmed to follow.