Bill Nighy to Star in New Agatha Christie Adaptation

By July 10, 2017Adaptations, News, Television

Ordeal of Innocence coming from the BBC

Christmas is coming, a new Christie adaptation is expected from the BBC! The channel has offered many Christmas adaptations from Agatha Christie over the years and this year it’s the turn of the 1958 book, Ordeal of Innocence, expected as part of the Christmas programming on the BBC this festive season.

This week the BBC has made some announcements about the all-star cast for the adaptation with the big news that Bill Nighy is to lead the cast! Other stars will include Alice Eve from Star Trek Into Darkness, Ed Westwick of White Gold Fame, Star Wars’ Crystal Clarke, Matthew Goode from Downtown Abbey, Catherine Keener from Get Out, star of Fortitude Like Treadway, Anthony Boyle from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Miss Peregrine’s Ella Purnell.

This all star cast all but guarantee a thrilling adaptation of the novel first released in 1958. Keeping with Christie’s lifelong theme, this is a murder mystery and one of Christie’s later works. In it the author moved from the usual process of working out clues and more into the modern psychology we see from contemporary crime novels. While it wasn’t awfully well received at the time of release, it’s posthumously thought of as one of her better later works.

The only details about airing so far from the BBC is that Ordeal of Innocence will be a Christmas production, and thankfully Christmas isn’t coming just yet so if you do want to read Ordeal of Innocence before you watch the all star show then you probably have time to do so.

Lupita Nyong’o to Star in Adaptation of Trevor Noah’s Memoirs

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Oscar winner and Black Panther actress Lupita Nyong’o is set to star in Born a Crime, the film adaptation of The Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s bestselling memoirs: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.

After its release in 2016 Noah’s memoirs spent 26 weeks on the bestseller list and has won the James Thurber Prize for American Humor and two NAACP Image Awards.

Nyong’o will play Noah’s mother, Patricia, an important figure during her son’s formative years. She was shot in the head by her partner, Noah’s stepfather, while returning from a church service in 2009, and thankfully survived.

Trevor Noah is producing the project through his production company Ark Angel Productions alongside Lupita Nyong’o and others.

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A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase Coming Soon

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Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is back!

The Hexagonal Phase is arriving in 2018 on BBC Radio 4 for the 40th anniversary of the popular book/radio play/film/television series. The radio play is based on And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer, with additional material by Douglas Adams, and adapted and directed by Dirk Maggs.

And Another Thing… was commissioned in 2009 by the Douglas Adams Estate to mark the 30th anniversary of the first novel. It is set to include unpublished  material by Douglas Adams, sourced from notebooks full of Hitchiker’s notes that have been kept safe in the library at St. John’s College, Cambridge.

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Nick Clark Windo’s The Feed to be Adapted for Television Drama

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It’s announced this week that The Feed, a brand new sci-fi novel by Nick Clark Windo, is to be adapted into a high-end drama by Amazon and Virgin Media, who have won the rights to the adaptation.

The Feed is Windo’s debut novel, and unusually it’s only just been released as a book. The post-apocalyptic novel was released in the UK on 25th January but isn’t due for USA release until March this year. Early reviews are positive, and positive enough for Amazon and Virgin Media to put their money where their proverbial mouths are, putting into production a 10-part drama set in London.

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