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Miss Marple Series Inspired by Agatha Christie’s Books in the Works at CBS

CBS is developing a series inspired by Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple books, Variety has learned.

Simply titled “Marple,” the crime drama comes from scribe David Wolstencroft who will serve as an exec producer with Hilary Strong of Agatha Christie Ltd., and Christie’s grandson Matthew Prichard. The latter duo are attached as non-writing EPs.

The series features a new spin on the classic, showcasing a much younger version of the title crime-solver. “Marple” revolves around a young lady who, after inheriting her grandmother’s bookstore and realizes that things in her small California town aren’t what they seem, begins working as a private investigator to get to the bottom of the town’s mysteries.

CBS isn’t the first network to adapt Miss Marple for television. The BBC had a murder mystery series titled “Miss Marple,” which starred Joan Hickson and aired from 1984-1992. “Agatha Christie’s Marple” was another British series, this time from ITV, which debuted in 2004 and ran until 2013. From the first through third season, Geraldine McEwan played the title character, followed by Julia McKenzie who took over in the fourth season.

First introduced in a 1927 short story, the fictional Miss Marple character appeared in 20 short stories total and 12 of Christie’s crime novels.

CBS Television Studios will produce.

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