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Agatha Christie's large body of work has a long and storied history on the big and small screen. Currently, there is even a Murder on the Orient Express remake headed to the big screen, but the small screen is not ready to be beat in terms of big Agatha Christie projects. Following the success of the BBC One miniseries And Then There Were None, the BBC has commissioned seven more Agatha Christie projects.
So far, the BBC is staying mum about which Agatha Christie titles the network will be adapting, but we doknow a few of the titles that are getting the TV treatment. The first of the seven big titles will be Ordeal By Innocence, one of the standalone titles in Christie's canon that doesn't feature Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple. In addition, Death Comes As The End and The ABC Murders are both getting the small screen treatment, along with the previously announced A Witness for the Prosecution, which the BBC notes is currently in production at the network. Some of these titles are not among the most popular of Agatha Christie's works, but The ABC Murders is certainly a well-known and frequently read title. Death Comes As The End is also an interesting one, as it is not set in Agatha Christie's day in the 20th century and is instead set in ancient Egypt.
As noted prior, remaking Agatha Christie titles is not exactly a new idea. There have been numerous BBC and ITV adaptations for so many of Agatha Christie's famous novels, and entire series have been created following the characters of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. In fact, episodes for Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot were being made up until 2013 and the And Then There Were None miniseries aired just last season, so fans have had a steady diet of Agatha Christie products for a long, long time.
However, that doesn't mean we're unhappy about more adaptations. The more Agatha Christie the merrier, as far as I'm concerned. Sarah Phelps is set to run Ordeal By Innocence; she was also behind the And Then There Were None adaptation. Hilary Strong, James Prichard, Karen Thrussell, Damien Timmer and Matthew Read are all executive producing the upcoming seven Agatha Christie projects. We promise to let you know as soon as the BBC locks down the exact seven TV projects they plan to accomplish.
While we don't know exactly when these will hit the schedule, we do at least know that A Witness for the Prosecution is already off of the ground and moving forward. We also know the miniseries is expected to be a two-parter. While we wait to hear when all of these excellent remakes will hit the BBC, you can check out our Fall TV premiere schedule.