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Episode #1.1 

When Leonard Vole is accused of murdering society lady Emily French, his solicitor Mayhew clings to the hope that Leonard's wife Romaine will provide the alibi that can save his life.


Julian Jarrold


Agatha Christie (short story), Sarah Phelps (adaptation)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Howle ... Leonard Vole
Andrea Riseborough ... Romaine Heilger
Monica Dolan ... Janet McIntyre
Kim Cattrall ... Emily French
Miranda Nolan Miranda Nolan ... Christine Moffat
Paul Dallison Paul Dallison ... Stage Manager
Ted Robbins Ted Robbins ... Bernie
Carla Langley ... Dora
Charles De'Ath ... Deveraux (as Charlie De'ath)
Dorian Lough ... Detective Breem
Toby Jones ... John Mayhew
Hayley Carmichael ... Alice Mayhew
Paul Ready ... Tripp
Robert Harper Robert Harper ... Dame's Husband
David Haig ... Sir Charles Carter


Slutty socialite Emily French disgusting, even openly to her maid, by indecent hedonism in pursuing male 'company'. Seeing hunky commoner Leonard Vole being fired on the spot from his waiter job at a fancy club for a tripping he couldn't help, she asks him for a ride home, then admits it was just a polite ploy to get him home and offers him $5 for naughty games, notably bathing in her tub with her shamelessly lusting at the sight. In the morning, the suspiciously devoted and possessive maid -whose grim hints to leave he had ignored- calls the police to her bloody corpse and screams only Vole could have killed her. The police brutally beats and drags the 'swine' to rot in a cell until the court is expected to convict him as the press demands. Tack attorney John Mayhew offers his services as legal defense, which he can hardly afford, and is told Leonard's 'wife', well unmarried steady partner, can provide an alibi, but she's an exotic cabaret dancer. Written by KGF Vissers

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A simply wonderful start.
9 November 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Following And then there were none was going to be a challenge, but The BBC certainly delivered with this series. Often unfairly compared with the outstanding film version with the great Marlene Dietrich, this production is dark, gripping, atmospheric and utterly captivating. The characters are drawn in such a way that you're drawn in, Romaine in particular, Riseborough portrays her so well, that you can't help but be spellbound by her. The production values are sensational, costumes, set design, all sumptuous, well contrasted by the smoky, filthy atmosphere of the streets outside.

Sarah Phelps once again pens an impressive script. I thought this was fantastic, style and substance aplenty. 9/10

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30 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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