News reached Past Offences this morning that the BBC will be making a new generation of Agatha Christie adaptations, starting with a Tommy and Tuppence six-part series (Partners in Crime and N or M).
The deliberately (I think) hammy David Walliams has been cast as Tommy, meaning the gritty 21st-century reboot you’ve been waiting for seems unlikely. Walliams says:
It is our ambition for Tommy and Tuppence to finally take their rightful place alongside Poirot and Marple as iconic Agatha Christie characters. They are among Christie’s very best work.’
And Then There Were None is also scheduled for a three-part showing over Christmas 2015.
The deal means that ITV is losing its virtual exclusivity on Christie adaptations, and is part of a major new push on drama at the BBC. There will also be several Christie documentaries to mark her 125th anniversary.