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Friday, 28 February 2014

BBC One to become new home of Agatha Christie drama


BBC One is to become the new home of Agatha Christie in the UK, and today exclusively announces the first two commissions to mark the start of this special relationship. Major new BBC One adaptations of 'And Then There Were None' and 'Partners In Crime' promise to deliver audiences event television of the highest quality and bring Agatha Christie’s masterpieces to a new generation in her 125th celebration year.

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “I am delighted that the great British institution that is the BBC is going to have a long-term relationship with the works of Agatha Christie - both the BBC and Christie are as brilliantly British as it is possible to get. We are blessed to have found such like-minded partners in Mathew Prichard and Hilary Strong whose ambition for Christie's work is modern and creative. We're thrilled to welcome a brilliant new series ‘Partners In Crime’ and a classic adaptation of one of the best-selling novels of all time ‘And Then There Were None’ to BBC One and we are having lots of exciting discussions about what next.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One, adds: “I’m thrilled BBC One is to become the new home of Agatha Christie in the UK, it’s the start of a great new relationship and a real treat for BBC One audiences.”

'And Then There Were None' is Christie's most successful work and has sold over 100 million copies. Acclaimed writer Sarah Phelps (Great Expectations, The Crimson Field, The Casual Vacancy) will adapt a new telling of this extraordinary and ingenious masterpiece, produced by Mammoth Screen (Parade’s End, Poldark) in partnership with Acorn Productions Ltd. The premise is timeless, dark and gripping: 10 strangers marooned on an island. One by one they start to die.

Partners In Crime’ will see crime-fighting duo Tommy and Tuppence return to the screen in a 1950s set six-part adventure thriller series, starring David Walliams as Tommy. The first three episodes will be an adaptation of ‘The Secret Adversary’ written by award-winning author, playwright and director Zinnie Harris, with writer Claire Wilson adapting ‘N Or M’ which will form the rest of the series. All six episodes will be produced by Endor Productions (Restless, The Escape Artist, Esio Trot) in partnership with Acorn Productions Ltd.

Mathew Prichard, Chairman of Agatha Christie Limited and grandson of Agatha Christie, said: “It is fantastic that, in her all-important 125th anniversary year, my grandmother is to be welcomed with such enthusiasm to the BBC: a wonderful new home for her much-loved characters and their stories, and one which she would be delighted with. The commitment to these productions from all those involved is great to see, and I’ve no doubt will result in compelling new adaptations, to be enjoyed by fans old and new.”

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