Agatha Christie's Ordeal By Innocence

Season 1
When wealthy philanthropist, Rachel Argyll, is murdered at her family estate, her adopted son Jack is arrested for her murder. He vehemently protests his guilt and eighteen months later, the identity of the murder is thrown in doubt. Now it is up to the rest of the family to decipher a killer amongst them.
Bill NighyAnthony BoyleAnna Chancellor
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  1. 1. Episode 1
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    August 9, 2018
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    Heiress Rachel Argyll is murdered on Christmas Eve 1954. As her widower prepares to marry again, the identity of the murderer is thrown in doubt.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    August 9, 2018
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    Calgary is determined to prove that Jack died an innocent man, but his alibi puts him in perilous danger of his own.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    August 9, 2018
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    The devastating events that led up to Rachel’s murder are revealed, and the true identity of Rachel’s killer is finally unmasked.

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Sandra Goldbacher
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Morven ChristieCrystal ClarkeChristian CookeAlice EveMatthew GoodeElla OurnellEleanor TomlinsonLuke Treadaway
Roopesk Parekh
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3.6 out of 5 stars

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The Troll Under the BridgeReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Over Produced, Overly Melodramatic
I could only stomach twelve minutes of this over produced, overly melodramatic massacre of Agatha Christie's story. This falls into the trap of almost everything I've seen being dramatized these days. The productions look great. But the stories are manipulated with an incredible amount of attention being paid to modern sensibilities. Revisionist dramatizations. Holds no appeal for me. This was an insult to intelligent viewers and a slap in the face of the memory of Agatha Christie.
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In VerityReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
The only 'Ordeal' was watching a complete change from the original story!
If you have never read the Agatha Christie story before, or indeed any of her books/movies before, you will probably enjoy this story. It is, indeed, a Gothic tale. The acting and the settings are quite good. What upsets me so much is that it in no way tells the story written by Agatha Christie! Characters are different, the murderer is different, etc. I'll never understand why, if a book is found to be so good that it must be made into a movie, it must be completely changed! I grew up reading Agatha Christie books and I must've read each of her books 20+ times. I have found very few of the movies made from these books to be loyal to the actual story.
191 people found this helpful
Fariha RashidReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Judged separately from the book: 5/5
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If you compare it with the novel, it's trash. Considered by itself, it's gold.
198 people found this helpful
BiblioGalReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Butchered Version of Agatha Christie's story
Why are all these remakes of what was a classic mystery butchered by today's movie makers?!
And a better question is why does Agatha Christie's family allow this to be done to her great stories?!
The remake of "Death on the Nile" had an incestuous relationship between a mother and her son. That was
not in the book! I saw a version of "Ordeal by Innocence" and it was a Miss Marple mystery! I just can't believe that these actors lowered themselves to be in this horrible remake! Agatha's probably rolling over in her grave!
217 people found this helpful
Verified Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Just NO! A Total Waste of Your Life. Can I give 0 Stars???
This is NOT even an Agatha Christie movie, Based on any version of her work! I only wanted to see it because I like Bill Nighy who is a good actor. Too bad whoever wrote this story unconnected entirely with Christie and putting her name on it is drivel. It takes more than 3 hours to show a completely fake story devoid of plot, characters and what and why all this takes place. Christie would be Rolling in her grave over this one!

Don't waste your valuable time and life on this! If you want something good then either read or listen to Christie's Real Book. Or perhaps watch the Miss Marple version on here. At least, that gets much closer to the mark.
Far and above better than this junk.
141 people found this helpful
Debra MargolinReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Ordeal By Innocence found guilty
As a huge Agatha Christie fan I am always excited to see the source material filmed
I am also what one might call a purist. Lately there have been a number of adaptations like the Poirot series and the Marple stories
For the most part they stick to the source but may add a few nuances that were not in the book but they actually enhance the story
In Ordeal By Innocence the writers have chosen to completely rewrite this series
Yes the characters are the same . The acting superb especially Bill Nyc and Mathew Goode but I felt like I was sinking down the rabbit hole because everything was different . Even the killer is different.Had I not been an Agatha fan I would have thoroughly enjoyed this adaptation if one could even call it that! I’m not sure Dame Agatha would be happy with this version.
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Margaret SwanReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
If you read the book, DO NOT WATCH
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Dr. Calgary, a scientist, is the accused killer’s alibi having given him a ride at the time the murder was committed. Unfortunately, according to the book, after giving Jack the ride, Dr. Calgary is in an automobile accident during which he sustains a concussion which results in some memory lose so that he does not recall giving the murderer a ride. He then goes to the Antarctica for two years and has only just arrived back in England where he sees an old newspaper which talks about the murder and asks for the person who could provide the alibi. This brings back his missing memory. He now wants to make right this wrong.

In the movie he says he went straight to the Arctic so never saw the newspaper articles until he got back to England and saw an old newspaper. Then he changes his story and admits that he was actually committed to an insane asylum where he coincidentally gets out at the same time as the exploration team returns to England. While in the asylum he was not allowed to see newspapers or listen to the radio.

That is just the first of the many changes they made to the story. What I do not understand is why they felt they needed to make so many changes. What was wrong with the story the way it was?
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K T MReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Emo-style Agatha Christie
My problem with this series is the unrelenting grim and abusive tone from start to finish. Basically, two wealthy, horrific parents adopt a bunch of kids and raise them to be as screwed up as they are. Though in different ways: some are abusers and some enjoy being abused. If you're a fan of emotional and physical violence there's plenty here to relish. My question wasn't who done it but why they hadn't already murdered each other years before the film started.

Wardrobe and sets were superb. Music was uninspired with generic, menacing chord progressions. Acting was excellent all around. I didn't find an intelligent plot or any pacing. Because the grim drudge through the overlong series is unrelenting, there's no real emotion at the climax. Discovering the murderer is not the thing here. The director also seemed to see the limitations of the script because there were incessant flashbacks to exciting snippets whenever the present day plot got boring. Which was often.

This series is very similar in tone to the recent 'And Then There Were None' as well as the last three or four Hercule Poirot TV films with David Suchet. As an Amazon Prime member, I'm glad I didn't have to pay to watch this one.
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