BBC reveals its next big Agatha Christie adaptation

The makers of the BBC’s recent Agatha Christie dramatisations are teaming up again.

The BBC, Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited announced the commission of The Pale Horse this week.

The new two-part mini-series follows their successful adaptations of The ABC Murders, And Then There Were None, Ordeal By Innocence and Witness for the Prosecution.

First published in 1961, Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse will be adapted by BAFTA-nominated writer Sarah Phelps.

Executive producer James Prichard commented: “The Pale Horse was one of the later novels penned by my great grandmother, written as it was in the 1960s.

“This new drama allows writer Sarah Phelps to continue her exploration of the 20th century through Christie’s stories, with the book’s fantastic, foreboding atmosphere completely suited to Sarah’s unique style of adaptation.”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, added: “Sarah Phelps’ adaptations of Agatha Christie’s most iconic novels have introduced the author’s work to a new generation of fans. The Pale Horse is one of her most unusual and atmospheric works and lends itself perfectly to another stunning screen adaptation from Sarah.”

The Pale Horse is expected to air on BBC One in the UK this Christmas and it will premiere in the USA on Amazon Prime Video at a later date.

The official synopsis reads: “When a mysterious list of names is found in the shoe of a dead woman, one of those named, Mark Easterbrook, begins an investigation into how and why his name came to be there.

“He is drawn to The Pale Horse, the home of a trio of rumoured witches in the tiny village of Much Deeping. Word has it that the witches can do away with wealthy relatives using the dark arts alone, but as the bodies mount up Mark is certain there has to be a rational explanation. And who could possibly want him dead?”

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