BBC producing new Agatha Christie dramas


With the success of the Agatha Christie drama And Then There Were None, which premiered last Christmas, BBC has decided to create more adaptations of the beloved crime novels. Radio Times revealed the news earlier this week with the book-turned-dramas becoming a Christmas tradition.

The Witness For The Prosecution, adapted by Sarah Phelps, is currently in production. It is directed by Julian Jarrold and stars Toby Jones, Andrea Riseborough, Kim Cattrall, David Haig, Billy Howle and Monica Dolan. Ordeal by Innocence will be made next by Mammoth Productions, the same production company behind And Then There Were None and Poldark, both starring Aiden Turner. Other titles that have been announced include Death Comes As The End and The ABC Murders. 

“These new commissions continue BBC1’s special relationship as the home of Agatha Christie in the UK,” said Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content. “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.”

“And Then There Were None was a highlight of the 2015 BBC1 Christmas schedule, and we are truly delighted to be building on the success of that show, first with The Witness for the Prosecution, and then with adaptations of seven more iconic Agatha Christie titles,” CEO of Agatha Christie Limited, Hilary Strong, said in a press release, “What Sarah Phelps brought to And Then There Were None was a new way of interpreting Christie for a modern audience, and Agatha Christie Ltd is thrilled to be bringing this psychologically rich, visceral and contemporary sensibility to more classic Christie titles for a new generation of fans.”

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