Coming Soon: The Moonstone Starring John Thomson

Rachel Flowerday’s (Father Brown) adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ 19th century mystery novel The Moonstone, starring John Thomson (Cold Feet) and Sarah Hadland (Miranda) will air on BBC One over five consecutive afternoons beginning Monday 31st October.

The Moonstone, a priceless Indian diamond which had been brought to England as spoils of war, is given to Rachel Verinder (Terenia Edwards) on her eighteenth birthday. That very night, the stone is stolen. Sergeant Cuff (John Thomson) is called in, and with the help of Betteredge (Leo Wringer), the mystery of the missing stone is solved.

Sarah Hadland plays the pious Miss Clack, and is joined by Joshua Silver as Franklin Blake, Sophie Ward as Lady Verinder, Stewart Clarke as Godfrey Ablewhite, and David Calder as Mr Bruff.

It is widely claimed that Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone was the first modern detective novel, and provided a template for Agatha Christie and all who followed. Indeed, it was described by TS Eliot as “the first and greatest of English detective novels”.