A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's a story behind every murder, and it's usually very complicated.
Positive Role Models
None of the cast members are particularly likable, everyone has secrets, and even the deceased can be suspects.
Violence & Scariness
The story centers around a bloody murder. Screaming, pushing, and slapping are frequently visible. While not gory in nature, there's a substantial amount of blood, and dead bodies are shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of sexual discussion, ranging from illicit affairs to conversations about being sexually dysfunctional. Unwanted (and terminated) pregnancies, children born out of wedlock, and other issues are addressed.
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Strong curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are occasionally audible.
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Products & Purchases
It's an adaptation of an Agatha Christie book.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking is constant. Drinking (hard liquor, champagne, wine) and drunken behavior is visible, and the use of injected drugs (like morphine) is a plotline.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ordeal by Innocence is adapted from the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name, and centers around solving a murder (of course!). There's lots of blood, dead bodies, and occasional yelling, slapping, insult hurling, and cursing. Adult themes are common, ranging from extramarital events to dysfunctional family relationships and mental illness. Drinking and cigarette smoking is frequent, and some characters use morphine.
Is It Any Good?
This entertaining whodunit puts a dark spin on Agatha Christie's original tale by featuring a few plot twists that aren't in the 60-year-old book. The departure allows the mystery to successfully unfold in a way that is intended to appeal to contemporary audiences, while still maintaining the integrity of Christie's dramatic and meticulous storytelling style. Adding to this is the production's rich cinematography and attention to detail, which successfully paints a picture of 1950s British country estate life as the perfect backdrop for the crime.
Diehard Agatha Christie fans may not appreciate the changes, or the producers' attempts to appeal to those who haven't gotten around to reading the book. Meanwhile, there are moments when scenes appear to be stretched by repetitive images and sounds, making one wonder if the story could have been told equally as well in two parts instead of three. Nonetheless, Ordeal by Innocence will easily draw you in, and keep you interested (if not engrossed) until the end.
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