The BBC have announced the high profile list of stars for their latest lavish Agatha Christie adaptation, including Sean Pertwee as DI Lejeune.

Following on from last Christmas’ The ABC Murders, starting John Malkovich, the BBC have announced a new adaptation of the work of the Doctor’s old friend Agatha Christie. Co-starring Sean Pertwee as Detective Inspector Lejeune, The Pale Horse features a cast of familiar faces.

A spate of mysterious deaths strike the village of Much Deeping. Quickly, Detective Inspector Lejeune (Sean Pertwee) is assigned to get to the bottom of the mystery. But he finds himself teamed up with talented amateur detective Mark Easterbrook (Rufus Sewell). And Easterbrook has hatched an audacious, and dangerous, plan to entrap the serial killers at work in the area.

The Pale Horse also stars Kaya Scodelario (Skins) as Mark’s long suffering girlfriend Hermia. Meanwhile Rita Tushingham (In the Flesh, Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories), Sheila Atim (Girl From The North Country) and Kathy Kiera Clarke (Derry Girls) are the trio of witches who claim to be able to kill with magic. But there’s no direct physical evidence, or even a discernible cause of death for their victims. And so the hunt is on to discover their secret and bring them to justice.

Also among the assortment of victims, witnesses and suspects are Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) as Zachariah Osborne, Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Killing Eve, Indian Summers) as David Ardingly, Poppy Gilbert (Call The Midwife) as Thomasina Tuckerton, Madeleine Bowyer (Black Mirror, Law & Order: UK) as Jessie Davis and Ellen Robertson (Snowflake, Britney Soho) as Poppy.

Sarah Woodward (Poirot, Law & Order: UK), Georgina Campbell (His Dark Materials, Broadchurch) and Claire Skinner (Outnumbered, Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe) will also star in as yet unrevealed roles.

Sean Pertwee co-stars in The Pale Horse, a new adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic novel (c) Sean Pertwee/Harper Collins
Sean Pertwee co-stars in The Pale Horse, a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic novel (c) Sean Pertwee/Harper Collins

The Pale Horse

The Pale Horse follows Mark Easterbrook as he tries to uncover the mystery of a list of names found in the shoe of a dead woman. His investigation leads him to the peculiar village of Much Deeping. And to The Pale Horse, the home of a trio of rumoured witches. Word has it that the witches can do away with wealthy relatives by means of the dark arts, but as the bodies mount up, Mark is certain there has to be a rational explanation.

Filming has begun on the two-part drama in and around the Bristol area. The Pale Horse is being directed by Leonora Lonsdale (Beast) and produced by Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto (City Of Tiny Lights). The script is by Sarah Phelps, who has previously adapted the Christie novels And Then There Were None, The Witness for the Prosecution, Ordeal by Innocence, and The ABC Murders.

The Pale Horse is a Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited drama for BBC One. The executive producers are Sarah Phelps, Damien Timmer and Helen Ziegler for Mammoth Screen, James Prichard and Basi Akpabio for Agatha Christie Limited and Tommy Bulfin for BBC.

Amazon Prime Video is the US co-production partner and Endeavor Content will handle sales in all territories internationally.


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