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Ordeal by Innocence

AuthorAgatha Christie

NarratorVarious

Duration1h 18m

CategoriesAdult Fiction, Plays and Dramatisations, Crime, Thriller and Mysteries, Cosy Crime

PublisherBBC Audio

VersionAbridged

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A full-cast BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel, known to be a favourite among her own works.

When Doctor Calgary visits the Argyle family, he believes he brings good news. He is there to clear the name of Jacko, who was convicted of the murder of his own mother, Rachel. But the doctor's news is not greeted with the enthusiasm he expects, and the family seem intent on resisting both his help and the investigations of Inspector Huish.

When a further murder is committed, it becomes apparent that a killer is among the gathered party. With almost everyone having a motive and the means for murder, they must all be on their guard.

Eschewing the traditional detective format, Ordeal by Innocence examines how the innocent suffer more than the guilty when a crime goes unsolved. Along with Crooked House, it was Agatha Christie's favourite of her own works.

Cast:
Calgary...Mark Umbers
Gwenda...Jacqueline Defferary
Kirsten...Wanda Opalinska
Hester...Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Jacko...Arthur Hughes
Leo...Sean Murray
Mickey...Joel MacCormack
Tina...Carys Eleri
Philip...John Norton
Mary...Priyanga Burford
Marshall...David Seddon
Huish...Michael Burtenshaw
Doctor...Harry Jardine
Hotel Receptionist...Georgie Fuller

Adapted by Joy Wilkinson
Directed by Mary Peate

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