The BBC has confirmed that Sarah Phelps is writing an adaptation of the Agatha Christie thriller The Pale Horse, a fee first revealed by RadioTimes.com in February 2019.
Phelps, the screenwriter behind The ABC Murders, Ordeal by Innocence, The Witness for the Prosecution and And Then There Were None, beforehand advised RadioTimes.com she had at all times supposed to deliver 5 of Christie’s books to TV.
The Pale Horse was first printed in 1961 and centres across the character of Mark Easterbrook, a person whose identify seems on a mysterious listing discovered contained in the shoe of a lifeless girl.
Easterbrook begins an investigation into how and why his identify got here to look on the listing and is drawn to The Pale Horse, the house of three rumoured witches in a tiny village referred to as Much Deeping.
People say the witches can eliminate rich family members utilizing darkish arts, however because the physique depend rises, Easterbrook turns into an increasing number of decided to discover a logical rationalization, and work out who may probably need him lifeless.
“When I was working on And Then There Were None [in 2015], there was a little voice in my head saying that I could write a quintet and cover 50 years of the tumultuous blood-soaked 20th century within the genre of the murder mystery,” Phelps beforehand advised RadioTimes.com,
“Having now done the 1920s, the beginning and end of the ’30s, as well as the 1950s, the next one is going to be set in the 1960s.”
Casting for the two-part BBC1 drama will likely be introduced at a later date.
The Pale Horse will likely be directed by Leonora Lonsdale (Beast) and produced by Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto (City of Tiny Lights).