Ordeal by Innocence: Miniseries (2018)


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Ordeal by Innocence

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

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Critic Ratings: 34

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User Ratings: 117

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Air date: Aug 10, 2018

Heiress Rachel Argyll is murdered at her family estate. Eighteen months later, as her widower prepares to marry again, the identity of the murderer is thrown in doubt.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2018

Calgary is determined to prove that Jack died an innocent man, but his alibi puts him in perilous danger of his own.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2018

The devastating events that led up to Rachel's murder are revealed, and the true identity of her killer is finally unmasked.

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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.

Cast & Crew

Luke Murray
Young Jack
Anna Chancellor
Rachel Argyll
Catriona McNicoll
Young Mary
Hayden Robertson
Young Hester
Luke Treadaway
Dr. Arthur Calgary
Christian Cooke
Mickey Argyll
Ella Purnell
Hester Argyll
Alice Eve
Gwenda Vaughan
Matthew Goode
Philip Durrant
Morven Christie
Kirsten Lindstrom
Bill Nighy
Leo Argyll
Anthony Boyle
Jack Argyll
Brian McCardie
Bellamy Gould
Abigail Conteh
Young Tina
Rhys Lambert
Young Mickey
Frances Grey
Lydia Gould
Sandy Welch
Dr Edwin Morsuch
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Critic Reviews for Ordeal by Innocence Miniseries

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (13)

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

Dec 19, 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…
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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…

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…

You have more chance of winning Lotto than finding the guilty party, but it's worth the try.

Aug 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Even when the series loses the plot, or the characters' sheer unlikability and obstinate blockheadery undermines the drama, the beautiful photography and thrill-a-minute pace of the story keep it humming along.

Apr 28, 2020 | Full Review…

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

Dec 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

Audience Reviews for Ordeal by Innocence: Miniseries

  • Jun 27, 2020
    Second best only to and then there was none and that's saying something
  • May 07, 2020
    Very unsatisfying, and this from a huge period drama fan. Despite numerous flashbacks to one dysfunctional family interaction after another, never answers the central question of what's motivating the parents. Not a likable character in the bunch. The cast is great, and includes many favorites of mine, but the screenwriter left the original Christy novel in the trash, and offered only a pale imitation of it instead.
  • 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.

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