The broadcasting company have announced a new series entitled Partners In Crime, based on the stories of Tommy and Tuppence. Actor David Walliams will take on the role of Tommy Beresford; his counterpart Tuppence has yet to be cast. The six-part series will be based on two of Christie's novels: The Secret Adversary and N or M? and will be set in the 1950's. The first three episodes are based on The Secret Adversary, which will be adapted by award winning writer Zinnie Harris, due for release in 2015.
David Walliams said "In bringing these thrilling stories to screen, it is our ambition for Tommy and Tuppence to finally take their rightful place alongside Poirot and Marple as iconic Agatha Christie characters."
That's not all, the BBC have commissioned a three part adaption of Christie's masterpiece And Then There Were None, which will be adapted by Sarah Phelps. It is due for release at Christmas 2015, to tie in with the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth.
With this news, it transpires that there won't be another series of Marple starring Julia McKenzie, as ITV have confirmed. The channel has been associated with the Christie Estate for sometime, having adapted both Poirot and Marple stories in the last decade as well as a Tommy and Tuppence series in the 1980's.
Matthew Pritchard, Christie's grandson said "It is fantastic that, in her all-important 125th anniversary year, my grandmother is to be welcomed with such enthusiasm to the BBC: a wonderful new home for the much-loved characters and their stories, and one which she would be delighted with."
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