Acorn TV – the North American streaming service owned and operated by RLJ Entertainment – has secured the exclusive U.S. streaming rights to Partners In Crime, BBC One’s upcoming Agatha Christie series starring David Walliams (Little Britain) and Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife).
Based on the characters created by Agatha Christie, Partners In Crime is set in 1950s England and follows married couple Tommy (David Walliams) and Tuppence (Jessica Raine) as they stumble into a world of undercover agents, mysterious evil masterminds and diabolical political conspiracy. The series will be available to stream on Acorn from early September, shortly after it starts airing on the BBC in the UK.
Partners In Crime, which was originally commissioned back in February 2014 as part of a deal which saw the BBC become the exclusive UK home for new Agatha Christie projects, was penned by Zinnie Harris and Claire Wilson, with the six episodes being adapted from the Christie novels The Secret Adversary and N Or M? Endor Productions is producing in association with Acorn Productions, with Hilary Bevan Jones, David Walliams, Hilary Strong, Mathew Prichard and Matthew Read serving as executive producers. Edward Hall is the director.
”Since acquiring a majority interest in Agatha Christie’s literary estate in 2012, RLJ Entertainment and Agatha Christie Limited have been developing new programs to bring Christie’s beloved characters to a new generation”, said Miguel Penella, Chief Executive Officer of RLJ Entertainment. “Following the finales of the long-running Poirot and Marple series last year on Acorn TV, we’re thrilled to introduce two more iconic Agatha Christie characters to U.S. audiences in lavish, new BBC productions.
“David Walliams and Jessica Raine are ideally suited to bring new life to Christie’s delightful married detective duo”, he continued. “The Tommy & Tuppence stories were the ones Christie enjoyed writing the most, so we’re excited to bring them back coinciding with the 125th anniversary of her birth in September”.