Agatha Christie drama starts Liverpool shoot

And Then There Were NoneThe BBC’s new adaptation of Agatha Christie drama The Witness for the Prosecution has started filming on location in Liverpool.

Based on a short Christie story of the same name from 1925, the two-part production is using Liverpool as a stand-in for 1920s London to tell the story of a young man accused of the brutal murder of a wealthy heiress. 

Filming is scheduled to run for six weeks and follows the success of And Then There Were None (pictured), last year’s BBC adaptation of Christie’s 1939 novel that follows a murder mystery on a remote island off the Devon coast.

“And Then There Were None made a huge impact last year, garnering great reviews and audiences of over eight million,” said Karen Thrussell, executive producer for Mammoth Screen, in June.   

“We’re thrilled to be reunited with [writer] Sarah Phelps as she takes on another iconic title, an incendiary courtroom drama that will keep you guessing right to the very end. The source material is so strong, and we hope the end result will be every bit as striking as And Then There Were None.”

Liverpool is a popular UK filming location and a regular double for London. The northern city recorded nearly 1,070 shoot days in 2015 – a record – while production spending reached £11.5m. Jimmy McGovern's new drama Broken is also scheduled to film in Liverpool with Sean Bean in the next couple of weeks. 

Image: Robert Viglasky/BBC/Mammoth Screen


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