Watch Kim Cattrall’s eerie new trailer for Agatha Christie’s The Witness for the Prosecution

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Fans of Sex and the City’s Samantha Jones, we have good news for you; Kim Cattrall will be returning to your TV schedules very soon.

The actor is set to star in the BBC’s sumptuous new period drama, The Witness for the Prosecution.

Adapted from one of Agatha Christie’s lesser-known short stories, the script (which has been penned by Sarah Phelps, a long-time writer on EastEnders) takes us back to 1920s London.

And, judging by the brand-new trailer, it’s just as twisty and gripping as you’d expect one from the crime novelist to be.

Watch it for yourself below:

Hmm… that cat certainly looks sinister, doesn’t it?

The plot for The Witness for the Prosecution revolves around Leonard Vole (Billy Howle) as he is arrested for the brutal murder of glamorous socialite Emily French (Cattrall), shortly after being named the sole heir to her enormous fortune.

Even more damning? His wife, chorus girl Romaine (Andrea Riseborough), just so happens to be the star witness for the prosecution.

However, through a series of flashbacks (don’t worry, Cattrall fans, she gets a lot of screen time!), it soon becomes clear that not all is as it seems. Can John Mayhew (Toby Jones) a down-on-his-luck lawyer, and Emily’s housekeeper Janet (Monica Dolan), work together to prove Vole’s innocence?

The two-part drama, which is currently shooting in Cattrall's birthplace of Liverpool, will air as a Christmas special for the BBC.

Better still, it will be helmed by the very same team who brought us the author’s And Then There Were None, which proved to be an absolute ratings hit for the broadcaster.

Cattrall recently revealed that she had been forced to pull out of the title role in the Royal Court theatre’s production of Penelope Skinner’s play Linda last year due to her debilitating insomnia.

The SATC actor told the Radio Times: “I didn’t understand the debilitating consequence of having no sleep. It becomes a tsunami. I was in a void. I didn’t want to let down the audience, the theatre, playwright or the actors.

“Letting go of all that was the hardest part but I realised the work that I really needed to do was more important than the play – it was work or my sanity.”

She added that she had “sacrificed a lot of her personal life and relationships because of her love of work. But I’m not a one-off; there are lots of women like me out there.

“Our mothers went through the Great Depression and world war; we feel we can’t let anybody down. Because everyone would point to it, like they do with Hillary Clinton and say, ‘Oh she’s crying today’.”

The Witness for the Prosecution is on BBC1 on Boxing Day at 9pm, and Tuesday 27th December at 9pm 


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.