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Sunday 12th July 2020

BBC announces 'amazing' cast of new Agatha Christie adaptation - including Doctor Foster star

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The BBC has revealed the cast for the latest TV adaptation of an Agatha Christie book - and it looks like it's going to be a corker.

Fans have responded with delight as the list of high-profile names was released today.

The last BBC adaptation starred John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot in The ABC Murders (Credit: BBC)

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Sarah Phelps' interpretation of "shivery, paranoid 1961 thriller The Pale Horse" will star an impressive array of actors, including Doctor Foster baddie Bertie Carvel, Outnumbered mum Claire Skinner and Skins' Kaya Scodelario.

Victoria star Rufus Sewell also has a prominent role, alongside Gotham's Sean Pertwee, Killing Eve's psychopath Henry Lloyd-Hughes and Call The Midwife's Poppy Gilbert.


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For those familiar with the famous book, Rufus and Kaya will lead the line-up as Mark Easterbrook and Hermia.

Bertie will play Zachariah Osborne, while Sean will portray Detective Inspector Lejeune and Henry Lloyd-Hughes stars as David Ardingly.

Cast announced for BBC1's adaptation of Agatha Christie's shivery, paranoid 1961 thriller The Pale Horse.

The 'trio of witches' will be played by Vera star Rita Tushingham, Bloodmoon's Sheila Atim and Kathy Kiera Clarke of Derry Girls fame.

The novel follows Mark Easterbrook, whose name appears on a mysterious list found inside the shoe of a dead woman.

As he begins to investigate, he is drawn to The Pale Horse, the home of three rumoured witches in a tiny village called Much Deeping.

And the body count rises...

James Prichard, Executive Producer and CEO of Agatha Christie Limited, says: "The Pale Horse was one of the later novels penned by my great-grandmother, written as it was in the 1960s.

"This new drama allows writer Sarah Phelps to continue her exploration of the 20th century through Christie's stories, with the book's fantastic, foreboding atmosphere completely suited to Sarah's unique style of adaptation."

Henry Lloyd-Hughes as Aaron Peel in Killing Eve (Credit: BBC America)

TV fans were thrilled to learn of the cast, with one responding: "Fantastic cast. Looking forward to this."

Another agreed, writing: "Cannot wait. Really spooky."

A third gushed: "Look forward to this! Rufus Sewell - what could be better?"

"Amazing cast for Sarah Phelps' BBC adaptation of Agatha Christie's The Pale Horse," typed another.

Screenwriter Sarah Phelps has previously adapted And Then There Were None, The Witness For The Prosecution, The ABC Murders and Ordeal by Innocence.

Gwyneth Hughes' adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death Comes as the End is also due to air later this year.

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