Ordeal by Innocence: Miniseries (2018)

Ordeal by Innocence

Critics Consensus

A classic British period piece that takes its time, Ordeal by Innocence will satisfy Agatha Christie fans and novices alike.



Critic Ratings: 32


Audience Score

User Ratings: 111
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Air date: Aug 10, 2018
Air date: Aug 10, 2018
Air date: Aug 10, 2018

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The black sheep of the Argyll family resurfaces to deny accusations of killing the matriarch, which initiates the gang's hunt to finding the true murderer.


Bill Nighy
as Leo Argyll
Alice Eve
as Gwenda Vaughan
Ella Purnell
as Hester Argyll
Matthew Goode
as Philip Durrant
Luke Treadaway
as Dr Arthur Calgary
Eleanor Tomlinson
as Mary Durrant
Morven Christie
as Kirsten Lindstrom
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Critic Reviews for Ordeal by Innocence Miniseries

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (12)

None of them deserves an Emmy, and the material never takes them very deep, and yet I was engrossed.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

No little grey cells here -- instead we had a black-and-white picture that gained more and more colour as the episode developed.

Apr 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Not quite the ordeal of the title, but not the enthralling mystery you might be wanting, either.

Aug 13, 2018 | Full Review…

It's all top-notch here, including the production design and the work of the entire ensemble.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Three episodes might be one too many, but Ordeal by Innocence is a remarkably taut piece of writing.

Apr 9, 2018 | Full Review…

The sense of dread and guilt that permeates each interaction, combined with the flashback structure that makes this more ghost story than murder mystery, almost makes each of the Argylls at fault in their own way.

Aug 13, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Even if you know the story, you still find yourself drawn in by Phelps' adaptation. It is by no means an ordeal watching it, but nor is it the innocent country-house puzzle Poirot or Marple might have faced.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The updates have undeniably given Agatha Christie some serious edge.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Director Sandra Goldbacher delivers the on-screen version of a page-turner. And it's gripping.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

This is not Agatha Christie's story. So when you watch it, don't expect Agatha Christie's story. If you don't, there's plenty to appreciate.

Dec 19, 2018 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

It's a smooth adaptation and very well engineered. The casting makes perfect sense and the performances are just heightened enough to remind us that we're watching lavish melodrama, not dull realism.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The whole confection is wonderfully fishy, and coming tangily to the boil.

Dec 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ordeal by Innocence: Miniseries

  • Jan 06, 2019
    I’ve never read any novels by Christie or seen any movies/shows based on her work but after seeing Ordeal of Innocence I was truly impressed. Top notch who done it, great twists and misdirection of who the murderer is. It also has great acting to boot. This has definitely made me more open to Agatha Christie stuff in the future...
  • Dec 14, 2018
    This three-part series is the best-adapted Agatha Christie mystery in recent memory. A well-casted character study of a family full of secrets, the series will have you fooled until the shocking reveal...
  • Sep 14, 2018
    This series is wonderfully done. I'm sure that the three-part allowed the series to develop on its own pace.
  • Sep 01, 2018
    Get a vocabulary! Nobidy cusses like this unless they are gangsters or rappers. Def no white peeps over a certain age. These kids sound like they are trying to impress other 17 year olds. Ehk... get an imagination and come up with some other words besides F*CK would ya please?!
  • Sep 01, 2018
    Brilliant twisted plot with very good production.
  • Aug 31, 2018
    Bill Nighy stars in this.. So what else do I have to say? Okay, so outside of the fact, that he is one of my favorite actors. “Ordeal by Innocence”, is worthy of being made as a miniseries, rather than as a film. Giving the plot and characters more time to develop. The acting as would be expected, is very good and professional. Also, it was nice to be introduced to an Agatha Christie mystery that I had never seen before.
  • Aug 26, 2018
    A crime story based on Agatha Christie with a somewhat modern twist. Loved it!
  • Aug 12, 2018
    Phelps captures the layers of character backstory that are a hallmark of Agatha Christie and peels them away with intriguing twists and turns. Highly recommend and hope that here are more to come. Oblique references to the Chrysalids provide a suggestive backdrop to the family's tribulations.
  • Apr 11, 2018
    PiITIFUL—-Set in 1954 — written by someone who knows nothing about Agatha Christie’ or the era. I’ve nothing against swearing, but to put this in a 1950’s period piece,is completely ridiculous. I was just waiting for a punk to appear and rap to be played in the background. I feel very very sorry that these excellent actors were put through this ordeal. Formulaic— you bet your life it is . The Telegraph gave it 4 stars and the Guardian 5 stars . Presumably out of 5 ???????. To prove I’m very comfortable with swearing —-it’s SHIT.

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