REVIEW: The Pale Horse (S1 E2/2)

“That’s the point isn’t it? Making people believe…” Let’s state this right off the bat, shall we? Episode two of Sarah Phelps’ adaptation of The Pale Horse was just about perfect; one of the best hours of crime drama you’ll ever see. It had everything: some sumptuous production design, fine acting, some edgy, creepy moments,…

REVIEW: The Pale Horse (S1 E1/2)

For her fifth Agatha Christie adaptation – And Then There Were None, The Witness For The Prosecution, Ordeal By Innocence and The ABC Murders came before it – Sarah Phelps has selected a novel written towards the end of Christie’s long and distinguished career. In her other adaptations – that have polarised Christie fans –…

BBC One confirms transmission date for Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse

Mark this down as another winner from screenwriter Sarah Phelps (yes, we’ve seen the first episode). Phelps’ next Agatha Christie adaptation is a two-part series of The Pale Horse, originally released in 1961. And now we know when it’s going to be broadcast. The Pale Horsefollows Mark Easterbrook, who, after a mysterious list of names…

Sarah Phelps’ Agatha Christie adaptation The Pale Horse finishes filming

We were overjoyed to learn that Sarah Phelps had been hired to adapt her fourth Agatha Christie novel for the BBC. The Pale Horse boasts a stellar cast (Rufus Sewell, Kaya Scodelario, Bertie Carvel, Sean Pertwee, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Poppy Gilbert, Madeleine Bowyer, Ellen Robertson, Sarah Woodward, Georgina Campbell, Rita Tushingham and Claire Skinner), and the…

Sarah Phelps confirmed to adapt Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse

Earlier this year Radio Times carried a report that Sarah Phelps would be adapting Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse. Now that report has been confirmed. Christie’s 1961 novel kicks off when a mysterious list of names is found in the shoe of a dead woman, one of those named, Mark Easterbrook, begins an investigation into…

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…