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The Witness for the Prosecution
Original Television Soundtrack


Composer: Paul Englishby
Label: Silva Screen Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 28 April 2017

Silva Screen Records release Paul Englishby's score for the BBC’s highly acclaimed two part drama The Witness for the Prosecution, based on Agatha Christie’s classic book of the same name...

Whilst writing the adaptation, Sarah Phelp’s chose 'Let Me Call You Sweetheart', a well-known song reminiscent of the 1920s, to anchor the show historically in post war England. When composing the score Paul Englishby (Luther; The Musketeers) also listened to the song and took elements of it to build the tracks. In places this is obvious, but there are numerous more subtle references. It's also used quite effectively to conjure up a ghostly, other worldly feeling in tracks like 'The End'.

The album contains 29 tracks (53 min, 13 sec) and there are plenty of subtle, beautiful themes here. 'He Didn't Come Back' was one of the highlights for me. 'Who's There'; 'Witness Theme'; and 'The End' are also worthy of note.

It's an impressive score, which just keeps getting increasingly intense the more times you listen to it. If melancholic, deep scores are your thing, then you'll fall in love with this.


Darren Rea

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