Filming begins on new Agatha Christie mystery for BBC and Britbox

Filming begins on new Agatha Christie mystery for BBC and Britbox
Anjelica Huston, image credit Greg2600 via Creative Commons licence 2.0

A new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Towards Zero begins production this week for the BBC and Britbox, with filming taking place around Bristol and on the Devon coast and starring Anjelica Huston.

The novel, first published in 1944, has been adapted by Rachel Bennette, whose credits include NW, World on Fire and Ripper Street. The series is from Mammoth Screen and co-produced by BritBox International; it follows the pair’s recent collaboration on Murder is Easy (pictured).

The executive producers of Towards Zero are Damien Timmer and Sheena Bucktowonsing for Mammoth Screen; writer Bennette; James Prichard for Agatha Christie; Danielle Scott-Haughton for the BBC and Reemah Sakaan, Stephen Nye and Robert Schildhouse for BritBox International.

The story centres on the clifftop home of Lady Tressilian who, although bedbound, continues to invite house guests to join her. But when the chatelaine is murdered, and a series of strange events ensue, Sergeant Battle is called in… The three-part drama stars Anjelica Huston, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Ella Lily Hyland, who lead an ensemble cast.

Mammoth Screen’s experience adapting the Queen of Crime’s works for TV is extensive, with titles such as Ordeal by Innocence, The Pale Horse, The Witness for the Prosecution and Murder is Easy, having already been produced.

Mammoth Screen is also in active development on The Rapture for BBC One, based on Liz Jensen’s best-selling 2009 novel.

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