Sarah Phelps to adapt Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse

Sarah Phelps is one of this country’s leading screenwriters, and her work adapting the works of Agatha Christie has been nothing more than miraculous (although some have been less than enamoured with the reworkings). Last month we brought you news that Gwyneth Hughes would be adapting Death Comes As The End for the BB, quite…

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…

REVIEW: The ABC Murders (S1 E3/3)

“Mes enfants” We all know that this Poirot hasn’t been to everyone’s tastes, but let’s not go over all that again, because, to me, Sarah Phelps’ adaptation has been a resounding success and we have a final episode to discuss. If anyone knows the original story then you know that all is not what it…

REVIEW: The ABC Murders (S1 E2/3)

Last night’s opening episode of The ABC Murders introduced us to a new kind of Poirot – tired, persecuted, guilt-ridden and locked in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a serial killer who seemingly knew every move he was going to make before even he knew he was going to make it. Poirot found himself…

BBC releases new ABC Murders trailer

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: we can’t wait for Sarah Phelps’ adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders, which plays out over Christmas on BBC One. The main reason we’re looking forward to it is seeing John Malkovich’s Poirot – a new spin on an old character. And wouldn’t you know…

BBC One confirms transmission date for The ABC Murders

This is the big one for Christmas. Agatha Christie. Sarah Phelps. Hercule Poirot. It’s an irresistible combination, and it’s been on the slate for a little while. Now, as the Christmas schedules are released, The ABC Murders has a transmission date. Not only that but, like previous Phelps’ Christie adaptations, the three-parter is being played…

BBC releases new Poirot image for The ABC Murders

One of the festive treats we cannot wait to get stuck into is Sarah Phelps’ new Agatha Christie adaptation of The ABC Murders. Obviously, the headline event is that the moustachioed Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, is coming back to our screens, with John Malkovich taking the reins. Until the transmission date is confirmed (very soon,…

BBC releases first look at John Malkovich as Poirot; adds cast

Have a bit of this! We can’t remember being as excited for a series in a while (OK, maybe since The Bridge, which isn’t that long ago to be fair), and much speculation has abounded as to what Sarah Phelps’ new incarnation of Hercule Poirot will look like. Will he have the ‘tache? Will that…

Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders begins filming

The excitement was frothing a few weeks ago when it was announced that John Malkovich would play Agatha Christie’s super sleuth Hercule Poirot in Sarah Phelps’ fourth adaptation for the BBC. The three-part adaptation of The ABC Murders also stars Rupert Grint as Inspector Crome, Andrew Buchan as Franklin Clarke, Eamon Farren playing Cust, Tara Fitzgerald as Lady…

Review: Ordeal By Innocence (S1 E3/3), Sunday 15th April, BBC One

Sarah Phelps’ third Agatha Christie adaptation, Ordeal By Innocence, has been a sumptuous, delicious period treat with all those key Christie themes juggled expertly to keep us guessing. The big questions for us mere mortals were who killed Rachel Argyll and why, but for hardcore Christieites they would no doubt have had one eye on…

Review: Ordeal By Innocence (S1 E2/3), Sunday 8th April, BBC One

Last week’s opening episode of Sarah Phelps’ three-part adaptation of Ordeal By Innocence was a delicious, decadent treat for the senses: its colour palette was vibrant, both inside and out of the Argyll’s contradictorily-named Sunny Point (I’m slightly in love with Mary and Phillip Durrant’s emerald green and pink Art Deco bathroom… but this isn’t…