BBC Plans Seven New Agatha Christie Adaptations

BBC One and Agatha Christie Productions Ltd have closed a unique production deal that will see Agatha Christie Ltd’s production arm deliver seven new adaptations of Christie’s works over the next four years.

The deal follows in the wake of the critical and ratings success of BBC One’s “And Then There Were None” adaptation in December last year which starred the likes of Charles Dance, Sam Neill, Noah Taylor and Aidan Turner.

Mammoth Screen and Sarah Phelps, who wrote the screenplay for that production, will tackle the first of these adaptations – “Ordeal By Innocence”. One of Christie’s two favourite of her own works (the other being “Crooked House”) and one of her darkest, the story follows the mistrust within a family when its revealed the incarcerated adopted brother who killed their mother was innocent – meaning one of them is the real murderer.

Also confirmed to be on the way is the famed Ancient Egypt-set mystery “Death Comes As The End,” and one of the most iconic of the Poirot novels – “The ABC Murders” in which a serial killer is operating across 1930s Britain. Further writers will be announced in due course with the aim to explore some of her most celebrated works across a wide range.

This is separate from the also in the works two-part “The Witness for the Prosecution” mini-series adaptation also by Phelps which is being directed by Julian Jarrold and stars Toby Jones, Andrea Riseborough, Kim Cattrall, David Haig, Billy Howle and Monica Dolan.

Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content, says: “These new commissions continue BBC One’s special relationship as the home of Agatha Christie in the UK. Our combined creative ambition to reinvent Christie’s novels for a modern audience promises to bring event television of the highest quality to a new generation enjoyed by fans old and new.”