BBC to adapt seven more Agatha Christie works

BBC to adapt seven more Agatha Christie works

The BBC has signed a deal to adapt seven more of the late Agatha Christie's works.

The dramas will be delivered over the next four years, with the first, "Ordeal by Innocence", produced by Mammoth Screen.

Other novels confirmed in the deal also include Death Comes As The End, set in ancient Egypt, and The ABC Murders, about a serial killer in 1930s Britain.

The BBC is currently shooting its own version of The Witness for the Prosecution starring Toby Jones and Andrea Riseborough and last year broadcast an adaptation of Christie's most popular work "And Then There Were None" starring Aiden Turner.

These are not the only adaptation of Christie's works in the pipeline. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ben Affleck has signed up to direct a film based on The Witness for the Prosecution and Kenneth Brannagh is preparing a version of Murder on the Orient Express.

Hilary Strong, c.e.o. of Agatha Christie Limited, said: "And Then There Were None' was a highlight of the 2015 BBC One Christmas schedule, and we are truly delighted to be building on the success of that show, first with The Witness for the Prosecution, and then with adaptations of seven more iconic Agatha Christie titles.

"What Sarah Phelps brought to 'And Then There Were None' was a new way of interpreting Christie for a modern audience, and Agatha Christie Ltd is thrilled to be bringing this psychologically rich, visceral and contemporary sensibility to more classic Christie titles for a new generation of fans."

Strong will executive produce "Ordeal by Innocence" alongside James Prichard for ACPL, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen and Matthew Read for BBC.