BBC One has ordered an adaptation of Agatha Christie classic The Witness For The Prosecution. The two-part drama is adapted by Sarah Phelps (And Then There Were None, The Casual Vacancy), directed by Julian Jarrold (The Crown, The Girl) and co-produced by Mammoth Screen (Poldark) and Agatha Christie Productions in association with Acorn Media Enterprises/Acorn TV and A+E Studios. The order comes following last year’s three-part Christie thriller And Then There Were None on which BBC One was also partnered with A+E. Acorn will premiere the drama in the U.S. Acorn Media Enterprises has secured all U.S. rights as well as secondary rights in Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
The Witness For The Prosecution was published as a short story in 1925 and later became a stage play and a movie, directed by Billy Wilder in 1957 and starring Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich. The story is set in 1920s London where a brutal murder has stained the plush carpets of a handsome townhouse. The victim is the glamorous Emily French. All the evidence points to Leonard Vole, a young chancer to whom the heiress left her vast fortune. Her dedicated housekeeper firmly believes that Leonard killed Emily; but he maintains that his partner, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine, can prove his innocence.
Gustavo Dudamel, the telegenic Music & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music Director of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, has been tapped to conduct the 2017 Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Day Concert. The perennially popular classical music celebration is broadcast to 90 countries, including the U.S., where it airs on PBS. The concert reaches an international audience of some 60M viewers. The appointment makes Dudamel, 35, the youngest Maestro ever tapped for this honor, whose predecessors include Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta. The charismatic conductor is also known as an inspiration for Amazon’s Mozart In The Jungle, on which he has appeared. He conducted part of the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.