The BBC has announced today the commission of two significant new drama adaptations to bring Agatha Christie masterpieces to a new generation of fans and celebrate Christie’s 125th anniversary in 2015.
A new adaptation of And Then There Were None, Christie’s most successful work and one of the best-selling crime novels of all time, will be written by Sarah Phelps (Great Expectations, BBC; Oliver Twist, BBC) and is slated for broadcast at Christmas 2015.
Meanwhile, crime-fighting duo Tommy and Tuppence will return to our screens in a 1950s-set six-part adventure thriller series called Partners in Crime, starring David Walliams as Tommy. The first three episodes (TX autumn 2015) will be written by award-winning author, playwright and director Zinnie Harris.
David Walliams said: “In bringing these thrilling stories to the screen, it is our ambition for Tommy & Tuppence to finally take their rightful place alongside Poirot and Marple as iconic Agatha Christie characters. I was first drawn to the delicious notion of a married couple solving crimes together, and the more I read of the Tommy & Tuppence novels and short stories the more I realised they are among Christie’s very best work.”
New initiatives to bring Christie to a new audience also include a recently announced feature film, a star-studded re-make of Murder on the Orient Express from Fox produced by Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg; and obviously the highly anticipated new Poirot novel by bestselling crime writer Sophie Hannah for release on the 8th September, 2014.
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