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BBC to adapt Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution

Story by Jack Foley

THE BBC is to adapt another of Agatha Christie’s classic novels: The Witness for the Prosecution.

The decision comes in light of the success of the star-studded And Then There Were None last Christmas, which drew critical acclaim and ratings of more than eight million.

Published in 1925, the short story will be turned into a two-part adaptation by Sarah Phelps.

It follows the murder of rich heiress Emily French, with all the evidence pointing to a young chancer who she left her fortune to.

The Witness For The Prosecution is widely considered to be one of Christie’s most popular stories and has already been turned into a successful stage play and a 1957 Billy Wilder film.

Phelps, who also adapted And Then There Were None, described it as a compelling story.

“With the long, terrible shadow of the Great War falling across the rackety, feral 1920s, The Witness For The Prosecution is a compelling story of deceit, desire, murder, money and morality, innocence and guilt, heartbreak and – most painful and dangerous of all – love.”

As yet, no casting has been revealed but Julian Jarrold, of Kinky Boots and Brideshead Revisited fame, will direct.

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