BBC announces new Agatha Christie adaption with Anjelica Huston and Oliver Jackson-Cohen

The BBC has announced that Agatha Christie’s Towards Zero will be made into a three part mini-series, starring Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Anjelica Huston and Ella-Lily Hyland.  Towards Zero was first published in 1944 to widespread acclaim.

Who is in it?

The cast includes Academy Award-winner Anjelica Huston (The Grifters), Ella Lily Hyland (Fifteen-Love), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Emily, Lark Rise to Candleford), Mimi Keene (Sex Education),  Matthew Rhys (Death Comes to Pemberly), Grace Doherty (Call the Midwife), Jack Farthing (Poldark), Jackie Clune (Motherland), Khalil Gharbia (Mary & George), Adam Hugill (Sherwood), Clarke Peters (The Wire), ] and Anjana Vasan (Wicked Little Letters).


What is it about?

It is 1936 and divorced tennis star Nevile Strange (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) and his ex-wife Audrey (Ella-Lily Hyland) make the ill-judged decision to spend a summer together at their former childhood home on the estate of his aristocratic aunt, Lady Tressillian (Anjelica Huston). 

Residual tension between Nevile and his ex-wife, coupled with the presence of his new wife and a whole host of eclectic characters on the estate proves to be a recipe for disaster, and ultimately murder. Enter a troubled detective who must rediscover his purpose and unravel of a complicated web of jealousy, lies and dysfunction before the killer can strike again.

Who is behind it?

BAFTA-nominated Rachel Bennette (NW) will pen the screenplay while Olivier Award-winning Sam Yates (Magpie) will direct. Towards Zero will  be produced by Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited for BBC iPlayer and BBC One and BritBox International.

Anjelica Huston says:

“I have long been a fan of Agatha Christie and the murder-mystery genre and always love the opportunity to film in England.  I am thrilled to be working with director Sam Yates and this wonderful cast, and excited to play the clever and dignified Camilla, Lady Tressilian.”

James Prichard, executive producer for Agatha Christie Limited, says:

“This is a very special production. Rachel has done an extraordinary job on making my great-grandmother’s story even more dramatic, intense and troubling. Add in a cast of this calibre and viewers are in for a real treat.”

When will it be released?

Filming has already commenced in and around Bristol and on the Devon coast.  The series will air on BBC iPlayer and BBC One, and outside of the UK on BritBox International in the US and Canada. There is no confirmed released date yet. 

You can watch previous Agatha Christie adaptations made by Agatha Christie Limited and Mammoth Screen on BBC iPlayer