BBC to recast Poirot in first new TV adaptation since David Suchet quit

The BBC has revealed details of its next Agatha Christie mini-series.

The makers of BBC One’s And Then There Were None and The Witness for the Prosecution adaptations will adapt Christie’s The ABC Murders for BBC One.

First published in January 1936, the detective novel sees Hercule Poirot, Arthur Hastings and Chief Inspector Japp investigate a series of killings by a mysterious murderer known only as “A.B.C.”.

The ABC Murders will mark the first appearance of Poirot on television since actor David Suchet’s final TV movie in November 2013.

Suchet played Poirot in 70 episodes and 13 seasons of Agatha Christie’s Poirot on ITV between 1989 and 2013.

The casting of his replacement has not yet been announced.

Poirot: The Complete Cases Collection is available now on DVD.

A movie adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express was a box office success last autumn, directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also played Hercule Poirot in the film. A sequel has been confirmed by 20th Century Fox.

The ABC Murders is expected to air on BBC One in the UK this Christmas.