Ordeal By Innocence has all the qualities of a classic murder-mystery that is really going to get you hooked. A family absolutely layered with terrible, dark secrets. There is not one person in this family who doesn’t have a skeleton in their cupboard; who doesn’t have anything they don’t want someone else to know. Whether it’s a tiny secret, or a huge one that could topple an entire family. It’s a great premise.
Shot on location at Ardgowan House on the Firth of Clyde in Scotland this impressive pile doubles for Sunny Point the estate of the Argyll family. Directed by Sandra Goldbacher and adapted for the small screen by Sarah Phelps, Writer & Executive Producer, who previously worked on And Then There Were None and The Witness For The Prosecution. The script is truly an ensemble piece and Sarah has done a marvellous job at incorporating everyone’s characters based on the Agatha Christie novel.
Ordeal By Innocence is the first of seven new Agatha Christie adaptations due from the BBC over the next four years. Originally scheduled for transmission over Christmas 2017, this production was made more technically demanding because scenes had to be re-shot early in 2018 and married with the originals when a male cast member was removed because of personal skeletons emerging from his cupboard. He vehemently protested his innocence.
Christmas 1954 is where the Ordeal By Innocence plot-line starts. Wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll is murdered at her family estate Sunny Point. Adopted son, Jack Argyll, a young delinquent, is arrested for her murder. He vehemently protests his innocence.
Summer 1956, Dr Arthur Calgary, a mysterious scientist, walks onto the velvety lawns of Sunny Point claiming to have just returned from an expedition to the Arctic. Even more extraordinary is his claim to hold the alibi that can prove Jack’s innocence. 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. However, 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 is innocent, then it must have been somebody else at Sunny Point. Somebody still there…
Coming to BBC One, a three part Agatha Christie drama starting on Easter Sunday, 1 April, at 9pm.
Here's a trailer:
Thanks to BBC, Agatha Christie Limited and Mammoth Screen