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Wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll is murdered at her family estate Sunny Point. Her adopted son Jack Argyll, a young delinquent, is arrested for her murder.

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Sandra Goldbacher

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), Sarah Phelps
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Anna Chancellor ... Rachel Argyll
Anthony Boyle ... Jack Argyll
Morven Christie ... Kirsten Lindstrom
Bill Nighy ... Leo Argyll
Brian McCardie ... Bellamy Gould
Christian Cooke ... Mickey Argyll
Crystal Clarke ... Tina Argyll
Luke Murray Luke Murray ... Young Jack
Eleanor Tomlinson ... Mary Durrant
Ella Purnell ... Hester Argyll
Hayden Robertson Hayden Robertson ... Young Hester
Catriona McNicoll ... Young Mary
Abigail Conteh Abigail Conteh ... Young Tina
Rhys Lambert Rhys Lambert ... Young Mickey
Matthew Goode ... Philip Durrant
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In 1956 Leo Argyll prepares to marry the younger, malicious Gwenda Vaughan, eighteen months after his wife Rachel was murdered. Jack, one of their several adopted children is accused of Rachel's murder. Another adoptee Mary, married to wheelchair-bound Philip, sees Gwenda as a vulgar gold digger, whilst prodigal son Mickey and sisters Hester and Tina are more relaxed. Physicist Arthur Calgary, recently returned from a year in the Arctic, comes forward to give Jack an alibi, although the family does not believe him. However, it is apparent that Rachel was not the kindly matron Leo believed her to have been. Written by don @ minifie-1

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English

Release Date:

10 August 2018 (USA) See more »

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Dr. Arthur Calgary, played by Luke Treadaway, was shot using different lenses and different frame speeds than other characters to create a sense of otherness. See more »

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Anything I Dream Is Possible
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Performed by Dorothy Squires
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Episode 1
1 April 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

It is ironic that the 1985 film adaptation of Ordeal by Innocence starred Christopher Plummer. This series was due to be shown at Christmas 2017 but because of allegations faced by one of the stars, transmission was postponed.

The director was inspired by Ridley Scott's last minute reshoots of All the money in the World where Christopher Plummer replaced the embattled Kevin Spacey. In January 2018, actor Christian Cooke was cast as the last minute replacement and portions of the series had to be re-shot.

Christian Cooke plays the adopted son of Rachel Argyll, a wealthy philanthropist who has been murdered in her mansion. Another of her adopted son Jack Argyll was imprisoned for her murder who later died in jail. Dr Arthur Calgary visits the widower Leo Argyll and tells him that he gave Jack a lift at the time of the murder. He has been a research scientist in the Arctic and knew nothing about the murder or else he would had come forward earlier.

Was Rachel a horrible woman who had other enemies? If Calgary's story is true, then someone else killed Rachel. Calgary meanwhile meets other acidic members of the family, some of them warn him to stay away or are keen to take advantage of him. Meanwhile Leo is keen to remarry.

The first episode was rather moodily shot, it is hard to spot any joints regarding the reshoots. The best performance was by Luke Treadaway as the nervous and rather weak Dr Arthur Calgary. It leaves the viewer to treat him cautiously as to what exactly his motive is.

Not a series that blasts off the blocks but maintains enough interest as to what happens in the following episodes.


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