Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN - JF

FOL­LOW­ING in THE bloody foot­prints of last year’s And Then There Were None, this two-parter con­tin­ues the BBC’S newly minted tra­di­tion of serv­ing up an in­trigu­ing slice of sea­sonal Agatha Christie. Toby Jones stars as John May­hew, a war-rav­aged 1920s solic­i­tor tasked with de­fend­ing a man who stands to in­herit the for­tune of his re­cently mur­dered so­cialite lover (Kim Cat­trall). Yes, there are clichés – a de­tec­tive lit­er­ally has the com­mis­sioner “crawl­ing up [his] arse” — but the high-wattage cast de­liv­ers (es­pe­cially An­drea Rise­bor­ough as an enig­matic cho­rus girl), di­rec­tor Ju­lian Jar­rold con­jures a fog-choked gothic at­mos­phere and the fi­nal twist is as black as a lump of coal.

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