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Murder mystery bonanza: Amazon snaps up seven Agatha Christie TV projects

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The upcoming, star-studded film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express has us excited enough, but it’s not the only Agatha Christie tome in line for a reworking.

Deadline.com reports that Amazon has snapped up streaming rights to no fewer than seven projects based on the much-loved writer’s books, and the first will be 1958’s Ordeal By Innocence – the whodunnit tale of the murder of family matriarch Rachel Argyle. Adopted son Jack is jailed for the crime, but as one may expect, the case is not quite closed there.

The drama will be a three-part miniseries, and has its share of big names, including Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener (Get Out, Being John Malkovich) and Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, The Good Wife).

1984 Ordeal by Innocence Faye Dunaway Diana Quick

The 1984 film version of Ordeal by Innocence starred Faye Dunaway and Diana Quick

Production has already started, although there’s no confirmed air date as yet. Other names include Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness), Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl), Crystal Clarke (Star Wars) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark).

Morgan Wandell, head of international series at Amazon Studios, said: “We are thrilled to bring to our slate these adaptations from the world’s greatest mystery writer.

“With terrific talent, in front of and behind the camera, they are sure to delight our customers.”


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The director has been named as Sandra Goldbacher, who has previously directed episodes of Victoria, while writer and executive producer Sarah Phelps is on board, following her work on previous BBC One adaptations And Then There Were None and The Witness For The Prosecution.

All seven projects will be produced jointly by Agatha Christie Limited and Mammoth Screen for the BBC.

Brit crime and mystery author Christie is one of the world’s best-known writers. She passed away in 1976 with 66 detective novels and 14 short-story collections to her name, as well as more than 20 plays.

Images: Rex Features

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