Will New Agatha Christie Adaptations Get The ‘Sherlock Treatment’?


97l/29/huty/7633/12There was a huge news story last week (read it here) when it was announced the BBC had struck a deal with the estate of Agatha Christie for two new adaptations of her novels, to be broadcast in 2015 – the 125th anniversary of the legendary writer’s birth. There was much rejoicing and dancing on tables at the news that Christie and the BBC would be re-teaming, but we were left wondering what the new adaptations would end up looking like. Now, according to a news report, we might know a little bit more…

The initial report outlined two new adaptations for next year – And Then There Were None (adapted by Sarah Phelps), while Zinnie Harris and Claire Wilson are to adapt two stories from the Tommy and Tuppence novels into a six-part series called Partners In Crime. David Walliams has been announced as one of the stars of the latter.

From what we know one if not both new series will be traditional in feel and look, but Digital Spy reports that Acorn Productions, the owners of the Agatha Christie canon, are keen to modernise future adaptations, using the example of Sherlock as classic stories that have been transformed into modern-day hits. And no wonder – Sherlock has become one of the most-watched dramas not only in the UK but also enjoying huge success around the world, especially the US.

Hilary Strong of Acorn Productions says:

“We are looking contemporary. We’re in discussions at the moment about how we can do that. We can absolutely see the opportunity for bringing the plotlines into the modern day.”

So what do we make of this? Can you see Miss Marple with a mobile phone and iPad? How about Poirot as a hunky young dish twirling his hipster moustache and wearing skinny jeans on the streets of Dalston and Shoreditch? How about seeing inside Parker Pyne’s stats-heavy mind with flash graphics? We can just imagine the consternation trad Christie fans are feeling, but the news intrigues us – if they do choose to modernise and go the Sherlock route, we hope it’s at least half as clever and engaging.


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