It has been announced that Amazon and the BBC are teaming up to bring us an adaptation of the famous Agatha Christie crime novel The Pale Horse, which was originally published in 1961. It has also been revealed that the two-part series will star Rufus Sewell, best known for his role in The Man in High Castle, and Kaya Scodelario, known for Crawl and Skins. The supporting cast will also include Bertie Carvel, Sean Pertwee, Henry Lloyd-Hughes,, Poppy Gilbert, Madeleine Bowyer, and Ellen Robertson.
The TV show is being adapted by Sarah Phelps, and follows detective Mark Easterbrook, played by Sewell, as he tries t uncover the truth behind a list of names found in the shoe of a dead woman. He eventually finds himself in the strange village of Much Deeping, where he finds The Pale Horse, the abode of a trio of apparent witches. It is said that the witches murder people using dark magic, Mark is sure there’s a rational explanation but his belief begins to waver as the bodies pile up.
As The Hollywood Reporter reports, the show is currently being filmed in Bristol, England, and BBC Drama commissioning editor, Tommy Bulfin, said: “We are thrilled that filming is now underway on The Pale Horse for BBC One. Sarah’s brilliant scripts and her unique take on the famous Agatha Christie stories have once again attracted an array of top and exciting talent.”
James Prichard, executive producer and CEO of Agatha Christie Limited: “This adaptation feels like nothing we have done before. This is a very different story from most that my great grandmother wrote, and Sarah has taken it to new heights. The cast, with the likes of Rufus Sewell and Bertie Carvel, is superlative, and it should be a highly entertaining drama.”