BBC commissions Sarah Phelps true-crime drama

As long-term readers of this site will know, we’re big fans of Sarah Phelps. The Agatha Christie adapter – as well as the person behind Dublin Murders – has now been hired by the BBC to bring the true story of the murder of Peter Farquhar to the small screeen. The Sixth Commandment will tell…

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 –…

REVIEW: Dublin Murders (S1 E1/8)

Right, let’s start again, shall we? This morning, readers will have seen an errant post, which only said ‘very good’. It was obviously a mistake and the WordPress gremlins struck again. If we were to carry on writing reviews so succinctly then that would make our jobs much easier, but, alas, the post that went…

First trailer released for The Dublin Murders

The Dublin Murders, based on books by Tana French, look like it could be one of the crime dramas of the year and something slightly unusual – an honest procedural. Now we have a trailer. The Dublin Murders is drawn from French’s In The Woods and The Likeness. Blending psychological mystery and darkness, each novel is led by a…

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…

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…

First image from Sarah Phelps adaptation of Tana French novels, Dublin Murders

A while back, we wrote a story that Sarah Phelps – whose latest Agatha Christie adaptation, The ABC Murders, is out this Christmas – was working on adapting celebrated crime author Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad novels. Today the BBC released a first-look image and announced cast details. Dublin Murders is drawn from Tana French’s internationally…

Is Sarah Phelps adapting Poirot for the BBC next?

Sarah Phelps’ latest Agatha Christie adaptation started on the BBC last night, and it was generally thought to be a ripper. Ordeal By Innocence has had its problems during production (through no fault of the cast and crew) and extensive reshoots were undertaken. It’s the third Christie adaptation Phelps has worked on and each one has…

Sarah Phelps confirmed for third Agatha Christie adaptation

What Sarah Phelps has done with Agatha Christie’s stories has been nothing short of miraculous. When the BBC and the Agatha Christie estate announced it had signed a new deal in 2015, we weren’t quite sure what the fruits of the deal were going to taste like – more by-the-book Miss Marples and Poirots? Vanilla…

BBC confirms next Agatha Christie adaptation

Last year’s And Then There were None was a real Christmas treat – the lavish adaptation of the Agatha Christie hit drew in viewers by their many millions thanks to a brilliantly written version by Sarah Phelps, an all-star cast, sumptuous decor and fine direction. This mini-series was in stark contrast to the lamentable David Walliams’…