Christmas TV means two things: murder mysteries and period dramas. And if you’re lucky – both at once. Enter Witness for the Prosecution: an Agatha Christie adaptation starring Toby Jones and Kim Cattrall. You know, Agatha Christie, queen of twee crime fiction perfect for a quiet winter night in with the family. Here, we look back fondly at the most festive moments from Part One:
- A young soldier runs, gasping, through cold and muddy trenches.
- A straggly-haired, pale-faced girl appears to him, her face wrought with misery and disappointment.
- A man leaves a wet, loveless kiss on the face of his wife, who pretends to be asleep in order to avoid confronting the torture of the moment.
- A man coughs.
- A lonely, creepy older woman discusses the “vigour”, “gleam”, and “heft” of young wartime men. “I like their skin,” she purrs to her young male companion.
- She humiliates him by forcing him to bathe in front of her for money, feeding him (symbolic) cold pieces of meat in the process.
- Water drips from the open grate in the ceiling of Toby Jones’ sad office.
- A maid shivers in fear as blood drips from her shaking hands onto a soft cream carpet.
- A fluffy cat licks dark blood from its matted, white fur.
- A man is beaten in the face with a truncheon.
- A man coughs again.
- A bereaved woman slowly and methodically forces a sewing needle into her thumb. Blood spills from the tiny wound.
- A man cries heavy sobs alone in a theatre as a show comes to an end. It was a matinée performance.
- Endless, hacking coughs.
- A horrible sex scene, starring Toby Jones, ends when he coughs up phlegm onto his wife’s face.
- A different woman spits in her husband’s face.
- A man coughs up blood.
Now listen to Anna discuss The Witness for the Prosecution on the SRSLY podcast’s Christmas TV special: