BBC commits to Agatha Christie deal

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The BBC will deliver seven new Agatha Christie adaptations over the next four years, following a deal with Agatha Christie Ltd‘s production arm.

It follows from the success of And Then There Were None, produced as a 2015 Christmas special.

Filming is currently underway on 2-part mystery The Witness For The Prosecution, adapted by Sarah Phelps, directed by Julian Jarrold and starring Toby Jones, Andrea Riseborough, Kim Cattrall, David Haig, Billy Howle and Monica Dolan.

Mammoth Screen will now adapt Ordeal By Innocence, adapted by Sarah Phelps. Other titles so far confirmed include Death Comes As The End, a groundbreaking murder mystery set in Ancient Egypt; and The ABC Murders, a race against time to stop a serial killer who is operating across 1930s Britain.

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.”

Further writers will be announced in due course.

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