The BBC is to make seven new Agatha Christie dramas over the next four years.

The corporation has struck a deal with Agatha Christie Productions to deliver the new Christie adaptations and will begin by working with leading indie Mammoth Screen on the first of these adaptations.

The first of the novels to be adapted is Ordeal by Innocence; other titles so far confirmed include Death Comes As The End, a murder mystery set in Ancient Egypt and The ABC Murders, a race against time to stop a serial killer who is operating across 1930s Britain.

The three-part Agatha Christie adaptation And Then There Were None aired on BBC1 in December 2015. It was adapted by Sarah Phelps, who will also adapt Ordeal by Innocence.

In addition to the seven new titles, filming is currently underway on The Witness For The Prosecution, adapted by Sarah Phelps, directed by Julian Jarrold and starring Toby Jones, Andrea Riseborough, Kim Cattrall, David Haig, Billy Howle and Monica Dolan.

Hilary Strong, Chief Executive Officer, Agatha Christie Limited, said: “What Sarah Phelps brought to And Then There Were None was a new way of interpreting Christie for a modern audience, and Agatha Christie Ltd is thrilled to be bringing this psychologically rich, visceral and contemporary sensibility to more classic Christie titles for a new generation of fans’.

Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content says: “Our combined creative ambition to reinvent Christie’s novels for a modern audience promises to bring event television of the highest quality to a new generation enjoyed by fans old and new.”

Ordeal by Innocence will be executive produced by Hilary Strong and James Prichard for ACPL, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen and Matthew Read for BBC.

Staff Reporter

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