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Explore iconic Agatha Christie screen adaptations


Agatha Christie’s works have been adapted for screen since 1928 and are still being adapted today with the latest feature film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express due for release in November 2017. In 1928 the very first adaptation of one of Christie’s short stories, The Coming of Mr. Quin, was released as The Passing of Mr. Quinn. A year later the first Agatha Christie foreign film was released based on The Secret Adversary: Die Abenteurer G.M.B.H. Almost ten years after that the first TV adaptation was produced in the form of Spider’s Web, and today there are over thirty global feature films and another thirty TV adaptations. Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple have become firm TV favourites across the world and are often people’ first introductions to the world of the Queen of Crime.

Murder on the Orient Express

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Murder on the Orient Express

20th Century Fox are bringing Murder on the Orient Express to the big screen in a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s thrilling mystery directed by Kenneth Branagh. Branagh also takes on the role of Hercule Poirot alongside an ensemble cast that includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Judi Dench.

Ordeal by Innocence

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Ordeal by Innocence

Ordeal by Innocence is the latest in a line of TV adaptations of Agatha Christie’s classic stories produced by the same team behind 2016's adaptation of The Witness for the Prosecution and 2015’s adaptation of And Then There Were None. Discover more about the adaptation coming to BBC One this year.

The Witness for the Prosecution

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The Witness for the Prosecution

The Witness for the Prosecution aired first on BBC One in 2016, produced by the same team behind 2015’s adaptation of And Then There Were None. Go behind the scenes and find out more about the adaptation based on Christie’s short story of the same title.

And Then There Were None

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And Then There Were None

This latest incarnation of Christie’s masterpiece, And Then There Were None, returns to the dark roots of the story. Written by Sarah Phelps and with a stellar cast behind it, this adaptation is one not to be missed.

Classic Christie

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Classic Christie

Two of the most well-known and best loved series of adaptations are undoubtedly Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Marple. David Suchet took on the role of the iconic Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, in ITV’s adaptation between 1989-2013. Geraldine McEwan played Miss Marple from the first to third series until she retired from the role and Julia McKenzie replaced her.

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Did you know?

  1. 20th Century Fox are creating a new film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express which will be directed by Kenneth Branagh.

  2. David Suchet was recommended for the part of Hercule Poirot by Christie’s family who had seen him play Blott in the TV adaptation of Tom Sharpe’s Blott on the Landscape.

  3. The BBC will be developing 7 new adaptations of Agatha Christie's stories, beginning with Ordeal by Innocence.

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