Rufus Sewell (The Man In The High Castle, Victoria) has been set as the lead in The Pale Horse, BBC One’s upcoming two-part Agatha Christie adaptation from Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited.
The Pale Horse follows Mark Easterbrook (Sewell), who, after a mysterious list of names is found in the shoe of a dead woman, begins an investigation into how and why his name came to be there. He is drawn to The Pale Horse, the home of a trio of rumoured witches in the tiny village of Much Deeping.
Word has it that the witches can do away with wealthy relatives using the dark arts alone, but as the bodies mount up Mark is certain there has to be a rational explanation. And who could possibly want him dead? Rounding out the cast is Kaya Scodelario, Bertie Carvel, Sean Pertwee, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Poppy Gilbert, Madeleine Bowyer, Ellen Robertson, Sarah Woodward, Georgina Campbell, Claire Skinner, Rita Tushingham, Sheila Atim and Kathy Kiera Clarke.
Sarah Phelps penned the scripts for the two part drama, which is being produced by Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited, with Amazon Prime Video on-board as the U.S. co-producer. Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto is the series producer, while Leonora Lonsdale is the director. The executive producers are Sarah Phelps, Damien Timmer, Helen Ziegler, James Prichard, Basi Akpabio and Tommy Bulfin. Filming is now underway in and around the Bristol area. It is being supported by the Bristol Film Office, with production headquarters based at The Bottle Yard Studios. Endeavor Content will handle global sales.
“We are thrilled that filming is now underway on The Pale Horse for BBC One”, said Tommy Bulfin, BBC Drama Commissioning Editor, who also serves as the BBC’s executive producer on The Pale Horse. “Sarah’s brilliant scripts and her unique take on the famous Agatha Christie stories have once again attracted an array of top and exciting talent.”
“This adaptation feels like nothing we have done before. This is a very different story from most that my great grandmother wrote, and Sarah has taken it to new heights”, commented Agatha Christie Limited CEO James Prichard. “The cast, with the likes of Rufus Sewell and Bertie Carvel, is superlative, and it should be a highly entertaining drama.”
While Mammoth Screen’s Helen Ziegler added: “Sarah Phelps has excelled herself with her fifth adaptation of Agatha Christie’s work. The Pale Horse is a stunningly atmospheric, bewitching and thrilling piece, which has attracted the most wonderful stellar cast. We are utterly thrilled to see Sarah’s brilliant writing be brought to life by director Leonora Lonsdale, the fantastic production team and incredible cast.”