BBC Plots Agatha Christie Adaptations Writer's

British broadcaster commissions 'And Then There Were None,' 'Partners in Crime'

LONDON — The BBC has commissioned two adaptations of Agatha Christie stories, “And Then There Were None” and “Partners in Crime,” to be delivered in time for the 125th anniversary of her birth.

Christie (pictured) is the world’s best-selling novelist of all time. Her books are published in more than 50 languages.

In “And Then There Were None,” which sold more than 100 million copies, 10 strangers are marooned on an island. One by one they start to die. The story will be adapted by writer Sarah Phelps (“Great Expectations,” “The Crimson Field,” “The Casual Vacancy”). The drama will be produced by Mammoth Screen (“Parade’s End,” “Poldark”), in partnership with Acorn Prods. It is set to air at Christmas 2015.

Fifties-set adventure thriller series “Partners in Crime,” which centers on crime-fighting duo Tommy and Tuppence, is a six-parter starring David Walliams. In search of adventure the partners stumble into a world of undercover agents, mysterious evil masterminds and diabolical political conspiracy.

The first three episodes will be an adaptation by Zinnie Harris of Christie’s “The Secret Adversary.” The rest of the series will be based on “N Or M,” adapted by Claire Wilson.

All six episodes will be produced by Endor Prods. (“Restless,” “The Escape Artist”), in partnership with Acorn Prods. It will air fall 2015.

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