Death Comes As The End to be the next BBC Agatha Christie adaptation

Sarah Phelps’ four Agatha Christie adaptations have been absolutely brilliant, and during these past four years, they’ve become a real Christmas treat. Now we’re hearing that there will be more Christie adaptations for the BBC, but the next one will not feature Phelps as screenwriter.

The Radio Times carried a story today saying that Death Comes As The End will be he next adaptation to hit our screens, hopefully next Christmas.

So who has the baton passed onto? Vanity Fair writer, Gwyneth Hughes. The Radio Times went onto say

A BBC source confirmed that Hughes is working on a Death Comes as the End adaptation but said it “will be a very different proposition from the recent BBC Agatha Christie adaptations”. The BBC source was unable to confirm whether Death Comes as the End will air in Christmas 2019.

“Transmission for this is to be confirmed and Gwyneth has always been the writer attached to this title,” they confirmed

However, this does not mean that The ABC Murders will be Phelps’s last Agatha Christie adaptation.

“Sarah is not ‘stepping aside’ from Agatha Christie,” the BBC source told “In fact [production company] Mammoth Screen is currently in discussion with Sarah about her next 20th century-set title that she will tackle.”

Here’s a thought though…

So what of Death Comes As The End?

The official Agatha Christie website describes it:

It is Egypt, 2000 BC, where death gives meaning to life. At the foot of a cliff lies the broken, twisted body of Nofret, concubine to a Ka-priest. Young, beautiful and venomous, most agree that she deserved to die like a snake. Yet Renisenb, the priest’s daughter, believes that the woman’s death was not fate, but murder. Increasingly, she becomes convinced that the source of evil lurks within her own father’s household. As the wife of an eminent archaeologist, Agatha Christie took part in several expeditions to the Middle East. Drawing upon this experience and exhaustive research, she wrote this serial killer mystery laid in Egypt 4000 years ago.

Something verrrry different, then, and not your obvious choice. We can’t wait!



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