As mystery authors go, Agatha Christie was not only prolific, but she was one of the few to create more than one memorable detective. Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple mysteries have been adapted many times over the years, and now Amazon has made a multi-show deal with Agatha Christie Productions for the U.S. rights to seven upcoming dramas based on the late writer’s work.
First up is the adaptation of Ordeal By Innocence, which begins filming in Scotland this month. The three-part mini-series features Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener, Alice Eve, and Matthew Goode. The story from 1958 was known for being one of the author’s personal favorites, and tells of old wounds reopened for the Argyll family when a man suddenly turns up and claims that the black sheep of the family, Jack Argyll, accused of murdering its tyrannical matriarch, is not guilty. The family must come to terms with Jack’s innocence — and the fact that one of them may be the real murderer.
The book was adapted for film in 1985 with Donald Sutherland, Christopher Plummer, and Sarah Miles. It was also worked into the ITV Agatha Christie Marple series even though the popular detective did not appear in the original book.
Ordeal By Innocence is in the hands of writer and exec producer Sarah Phelps, who worked on the critical successful BBC One’s And Then There Were None in 2015 and The Witness For The Prosecution in 2016. These series, as well as forthcoming adaptations from Agatha Christie Limited, will be available for members on Amazon Prime.
Sandra Goldbacher (Victoria) is directing Ordeal By Innocence.