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.

Adaptation of The Miniaturist to Air This Christmas

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In the spring we brought you the news that filming had started for the BBC adaptation of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist with filming taking place in Amsterdam, where the novel is set. The historical novel is set in 1686 and the judging by the photos released this is to be a lavish adaptation and now we can confirm it’s on the BBC Christmas schedule!

Anya Taylor-Joy stars as Nella Oortman, with Romola Garai playing her cold, domineering sister-in-law Marin. Nella’s husband will be portrayed by Alex Hassel of Cold Mountain fame and that’s just a small number of the excellent cast. Read More

A Wrinkle in Time: Release Date and New Trailer

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A few months ago Disney announced that they’d be adapting the classic sci-fi A Wrinkle in Time and released a small first trailer to give a taste of what was to come. All we knew at that point was that the film was marked for a spring 2018 release but this week, Disney have released a first trailer for the movie, and we have a release date too!

If you are beyond excited, and don’t have the advantage of being able to create A Wrinkle in Time then you’ll have to wait a little while yet, March 9th is the release date for cinemas. Read More

Catch 22 To Get TV Adaptation, and George Clooney will Direct and Star

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Catch 22 is one of those novels everyone tells me I should read, but despite many (7 to date) attempts, I can’t get past page 100. So I for one am absolutely thrilled to hear there is to be a serialised adaptation of the black comedic satire that has become the most famous anti-war book ever written.

We haven’t seen Clooney on the small screen since ER, nearly twenty years ago but with Catch 22 he’ll not only star in the six episode series but he’ll be directing it too! Clooney won’t be taking the star role, he’ll be playing Yossarian’s commander, Colonel Cathcart. Read More

First Look at Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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As someone who has spend her Harry Potterdom wishing she could find out more about young Dumbledore and his relationship with Grindelwald, I couldn’t be more excited about the next installation in the Fantastic Beasts franchise!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald isn’t expected for release until 2018, but the first teaser is out today! We can expect a screenplay in book format to follow soon after, as happened with the first film, and while I’m sad at the switch from book to movie, it won’t stop me watching this! Read More

The Lord Of The Rings Reworked For Brand New Television Series

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In surprising news for Tolkien fans, corporation giant Amazon have bought the global television rights to The Lord Of The Rings. 

On Monday 13th of November 2017, Amazon announced they were ready to produce the biggest and most expensive show for their streaming site. Amazon are set to create multiple-seasons of a series that precede Tolkien’s first of the LotR trilogy: “The Fellowship of the Ring,”.

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Howards End Comes To The BBC

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E.M. Forster‘s masterpiece Howards End (1910) has been adapted for television once more.

Forster is known for his commentary on social class and hypocrisies, and examining such with wit and intelligence. Howards End in particular places a magnifying glass on three families of varying classes at the beginning of the 20th century. In the novel the half-German Schlegel sisters look to help the impoverished Basts while also working with the rich Wilcoxes to rid them of their ingrained prejudices.

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