Amazon to Unravel 7 Agatha Christie Mysteries In New Series

Ordeal by Innocence will be the first adaptation in Amazon’s upcoming Agatha Christie mystery series.

“Never do anything yourself that others can do for you,” mystery writer Agatha Christie wrote in The Labours of Hercules, and Amazon is taking her up on that offer. Christie wrote 78 crime novels, 150 short stories and 19 plays and the streaming service plans to adapt as many as they can in an upcoming drama series.

“We are delighted to be working with Amazon in the TV space,” James Pritchard, Chairman and CEO of Agatha Christie Limited, said in a statement. “They have obviously played a massive part in our book business over the past few years and it is exciting to move with them onto Prime Video in the U.S.”

Amazon announced a multi-show deal with Agatha Christie Productions for U.S. rights to adapt seven of the late British crime writer’s works. The first book on the slate is the 1958 psychological thriller Ordeal By Innocence which will be made into a three-part miniseries. Production began earlier in the month in the U.K.

“We are thrilled to bring to our slate these adaptations from the world’s greatest mystery writer,” Morgan Wandell, head of international series at Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “With terrific talent, in front of and behind the camera, they are sure to delight our customers.”

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 “The Argyle family is far from pleased to discover one of its number has been posthumously pardoned for murder,” reads the official synopsis on Agathachristie.com.

If Jacko Argyle didn’t kill his mother, who did? Dr. Arthur Calgary takes a ferry across the Rubicon River to Sunny Point, the home of the Argyle family. A year before, the matriarch of the family was murdered and a son, Jack, was convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. Throughout the trial Jack had maintained his innocence, claiming he was hitchhiking on the night of the murder and he had been picked up by a middle-aged man in a dark car. Unable to locate this mystery man the police viewed Jack’s as a lie. Calgary was the stranger in question, but he arrives to late for Jack – who succumbs to pneumonia after serving just six months of his sentence. Feeling a sense of duty to the Argyles, Calgary is surprised when his revelation has a disturbing effect on the family – it means one of the family is a murderer.

Ordeal By Innocence will star Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness), Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Matthew Goode (The Good Wife), Catherine Keener (Get Out), Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl), Luke Treadaway (Fortitude), Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark) and Morven Christie (The A Word).

Ordeal By Innocence reunites Agatha Christie Limited and Mammoth Screen with Sarah Phelps, who wrote and produced BBC One’s 2015 series And Then There Were None and The Witness For The Prosecution in 2016.  Ordeal By Innocence is being directed by Sandra Goldbacher (Victoria).

Ordeal By Innocence will be produced by Poldark and Roopesh Parekh of The Hollow Crown. It will be executive produced by Phelps, Karen Thrussell, Damien Timmer and Helen Ziegler for Mammoth Screen; Prichard and Basi Akpabio for Agatha Christie Limited; and Gaynor Holmes for the BBC.

SOURCE: VARIETY

 

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