Ordeal by Innocence is the second episode of the third series of Agatha Christie's Marple. It was broadcast on ITV by Granada Television on 30 September 2007. The screenplay was written by Stewart Harcourt and the episode was directed by Moira Armstrong. It was an adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel of the same name although originally Miss Marple was not involved.
Miss Marple is invited to the wedding of a friend, but the gaieties are interrupted when a stranger arrives; he provides the missing evidence which proves that the black sheep of the family, Jacko, was wrongfully hanged for murder. This raises the question of who in the household did kill the cold-hearted mistress of the house two years previously. As usual, Miss Marple is needed to uncover the hatred, jealousy, lust etc. behind the family's facade and sort out the threads of the mystery.
Comparison with the original story
- The novel, which the episode is adapted from, does not feature Miss Marple.
- The character Bobby Argyle was created for the adaptation.
- Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple
- Juliet Stevenson as Gwenda Vaughn
- Denis Lawson as Leo Argyle
- Alison Steadman as Kirsten Lindstrom
- Richard Armitage as Philip Durrant
- Stephanie Leonidas as Hester Argyle
- Lisa Stansfield as Mary Durrant
- Burn Gorman as Jacko Argyle
- Jane Seymour as Rachel Argyle
- Tom Riley as Bobby Argyle
- Reece Shearsmith as Inspector Huish
- Julian Rhind-Tutt as Dr Arthur Calgary
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Tina Argyle
- Andrea Lowe as Maureen
- Michael Feast as John Croker
- Pippa Haywood as Mrs Price
- James Hurran as Cyril Price
- Camille Coduri as Mrs. Lindsay
- Bryan Dick as Micky Argyle
- Greg Bennett as Police Constable (uncredited)
- Leighton Haberfield as Prison Warden (uncredited)
- Carl Isherwood as Scientist (uncredited)
- Steve Munroe as Desk Sargeant (uncredited)
- Shane Nolan as Policeman (uncredited)