BBC commissions The Pale Horse
The BBC has commissioned a two-part adaptation of The Pale Horse as its latest Agatha Christie drama.
First published in 1961, the story follows a man who investigates a trio of rumoured witches who apparently have the power to kill people’s wealthy relatives by harnessing supernatural forces.
Mammoth Screen is making the adaptation with Agatha Christie Limited as a co-production partner and Amazon Prime Video as the BBC’s US partner.
The drama is written by Sarah Phelps and directed by Leonora Lonsdale.
“Sarah Phelps has crafted an extraordinary adaptation of Agatha Christie’s celebrated 1960s novel The Pale Horse, where the rational world and dark supernatural forces seem to collide,” said Helen Ziegler, executive producer for Mammoth Screen.
“Asking the question: How far would you go to protect your own happiness? It’s a tale of guilt, terror and witchcraft which we hope will delight and terrify viewers in equal measure.”
The Pale Horse is just the latest Christie novel to be adapted for the BBC by Mammoth Screen. Previous productions have included The ABC Murders and Ordeal by Innocence.
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