EXCLUSIVE: The BBC is keeping its Agatha Christie tradition alive by setting Towards Zero as its next adaptation of the great author’s work.
Following on from 2023’s limited series Murder Is Easy, the BBC has commissioned Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited to reimagine the writer’s 1944 novel.
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Towards Zero unfolds around the murder of an elderly widow at a clifftop seaside house, linking a failed suicide attempt, a schoolgirl wrongfully accused of theft, and the romantic life of a famous tennis player.
The book will be adapted by Rachel Bennette, the writer behind BAFTA-nominated Zadie Smith adaptation NW. She has also written on World on Fire and Ripper Street.
Towards Zero will go into production over the summer. The series is co-produced by BritBox International, while Fifth Season will handle international distribution.
Executive producers are James Prichard for Agatha Christie Limited; Damien Timmer and Sheena Bucktowonsing for Mammoth Screen; Rachel Bennette, Danielle Scott-Haughton for the BBC; and Reemah Sakaan, Stephen Nye, and Robert Schildhouse for BritBox International.
The BBC was pleased with the performance of Murder Is Easy over the festive period. Starring David Jonsson, it averaged 7M viewers, putting it in line with other Christie adaptations, including Ordeal By Innocence, The ABC Murders, and The Pale Horse.
Murder Is Easy will premiere on BritBox International in North America, Canada, and Australia on March 1, with South Africa following on March 7.
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