Following the huge success of And Then There Were None, which starred Aidan Turner, BBC1 is adapting another of Agatha Christie’s hit books

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Following the huge success at Christmas of And Then There Were None, which starred Aidan Turner, BBC1 is adapting another of Agatha Christie’s classic books, The Witness for the Prosecution.

The 1925 short story, which is yet to be cast, is being turned into a two-part adventure for the small screen by Sarah Phelps, who also adapted And Then There Were None.

Set in 1920s London, the mystery centres around the brutal murder of the glamorous and enormously rich Emily French, whose body is found at a handsome London town house.

Emily’s dedicated housekeeper Janet Mackenzie testifies in court that Leonard Vole, a young chancer to whom the heiress left her vast fortune, is the killer. However, Leonard is adamant that his partner, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine, can prove his innocence.

“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, innocent and guilt, heartbreak – and most painful of all – love,” said writer Sarah Phelps.

“At the centre of this dark and tangled net is the astonishing character of Romaine, a noir heroine for all our times.”

Like And Then There Were None, which saw Aidan Turner’s dashing performance as mercenary Philip Lombard enhance his chances of becoming the next James Bond, The Witness for the Prosecution will probably attract an all-star cast.

The BBC is yet to reveal when the drama will screen.