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The Witness for the Prosecution (TV Mini-Series )

The Witness for the Prosecution (TV Mini-Series )
Movie: The Witness for the Prosecution (TV Mini-Series )(2016)[tt5834256] Set in 1920s London, a brutal and bloodthirsty murder has stained the plush carpets of a handsome London townhouse. The victim is the glamorous and rich Emily French. All the evidence points to Leonard Vole, a young chancer to whom the heiress left her vast fortune and who ruthlessly took her life. At least, this is the story that Emily's dedicated housekeeper Janet McIntyre stands by in court. Leonard however, is adamant that his partner, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine, can prove his innocence. Tasked with representing Leonard is his solicitor John Mayhew and King's Counsel, Sir Charles Carter KC.
Title The Witness for the Prosecution (TV Mini-Series )
Release Date 26 December 2016 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Production Companies Mammoth Screen, Agatha Christie Productions, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Billy Howle
Billy Howle...
 Leonard Vole ...
Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall...
 Emily French ...
Monica Dolan
Monica Dolan...
 Janet McIntyre ...
Andrea Riseborough
Andrea Riseborough...
 Romaine Heilger ...
Toby Jones
Toby Jones...
 John Mayhew ...
Robert East
Robert East...
 Justice Greville Pa...
David Haig
David Haig...
 Sir Charles Carter ...
Paul Ready
Paul Ready...
 Tripp ...
Carla Langley
Carla Langley...
 Dora ...
Miranda Nolan
Miranda Nolan...
 Christine Moffat ...
Tim McMullan
Tim McMullan...
 Sir Hugo Meredith ...
Hayley Carmichael
Hayley Carmichael...
 Alice Mayhew ...

Reviews

TheLittleSongbird on 5 January 2017
Can definitely see the polarising opinions, the virtues being brought up are understandable and every bit as understandable are the complaints.Of the adaptations of 'Witness for the Prosecution' it is this 2016 adaptation that fares the weakest, despite being closer to the short story than the play it is not a patch on the brilliant 1957 Billy Wilder film. Also preferred the 1982 version. It is not awful, and there are worse Agatha Christie adaptations around, a most notable recent example being 'Partners in Crime' with a woefully miscast David Walliams. But after being so impressed by 2015's 'And Then There Were None', I was honestly expecting much more.There are strong things here. Apart from going overboard on the grimness sometimes, particularly in the first half, 'Witness for the Prosecution' is very pleasing to look at, being beautifully shot and with costume and set design that are both handsome and evocative. The music is unobtrusive but still has a presence.Parts of the storytelling are very compelling, the whodunit and legal stuff is mostly quite riveting, while the conflict of WWI is powerfully evoked and the relationship between Mayhew and his wife having moments of tender pathos. There are some great twists, especially the very clever (though the one of the 1957 film had more edge) final reveal.'Witness for the Prosecution' benefits from a great cast as well. A brilliant performance from Toby Jones is particularly note-worthy, and more than up to his level are Andrea Riseborough, who captivates in bringing an enigmatic quality to a character that you are not sure whether to trust or not. Billy Howle's performance is enough to make one convinced of his innocence. David Haig and Tim McMullan excel as morally devious barristers, as does a venomous Monica Dolan and a touchingly subtle Hayley Carmichael. Kim Catrall is luxury casting, and is a dream.It is a real shame however that 'Witness for the Prosecution' is let down significantly by pacing issues, especially for a lot of the first half, which takes too long to set up with scenes that feel over-stretched and go on longer than needed, and the seemingly endless and melodramatic stuff after the final reveal, like there was an indecisiveness as to how to end it. The second half is more gripping and better paced, but again the pace does drag and scenes and subplots feel like padded filler.Really it would have been better to do 'Witness for the Prosecution' as a one off lasting an hour or something, because the story just doesn't feel long enough to sustain two hour long episodes. So it felt like there was too much padding and stretching in an attempt to sustain it. There is stuff included to give the story a darker tone, but it did feel too often too gratuitously grim and anachronistic, and over-darkened and overshadowed a story that didn't need it.A few scenes between Mayhew and his wife, despite some tender pathos in others and great chemistry between Jones and Carmichael, felt soapy and overwritten, and personally am another person who found the sex scene unnecessary and in poor taste.Concluding this review, not an awful adaptation and production, not as bad as said by some, but could have been much better and comes off as uneven. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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