‘The Pale Horse’ preview: Rufus Sewell stars in BBC’s new Agatha Christie drama

The first photo has been released from the BBC’s next Agatha Christie adaptation.

Based on 1961’s The Pale Horse, the new two-part drama began filming in and around Bristol, England last summer.

Screenwriter Sarah Phelps has described the story as “a shivery, paranoid story about superstition, love gone wrong, guilt and grief.”

Phelps has previously adapted Christie’s The ABC MurdersAnd Then There Were NoneOrdeal By Innocence and Witness for the Prosecution for the BBC.

A newly-released promotional image for The Pale Horse shows Rufus Sewell (VictoriaThe Marvellous Mrs. Maisel) as Mark Easterbrook:

The Pale Horse is expected to air on BBC One in the UK in early 2020 and it’ll premiere in the US on Amazon Prime Video later this year.

The official synopsis reads: “The Pale Horse follows Mark Easterbrook as he tries to uncover the mystery of a list of names found in the shoe of a dead woman. His investigation leads him to the peculiar village of Much Deeping, and The Pale Horse, the home of a trio of rumoured witches.

“Word has it that the witches can do away with wealthy relatives by means of the dark arts, but as the bodies mount up, Mark is certain there has to be a rational explanation.”

Alongside Rufus Sewell, the large ensemble cast for The Pale Horse also includes Kaya Scodelario (Skins), Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster), Sean Pertwee (Elementary), Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Indian Summers), Poppy Gilbert (Call the Midwife) and Claire Skinner (Vanity Fair).

Executive producer Helen Ziegler has promised “a tale of guilt, terror and witchcraft with we hope will delight and terrify viewers in equal measure!”

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