Channel 5 has ordered two follow ups to last year’s Agatha & The Truth & Murder. The two new feature-length dramas, inspired by the life of Agatha Christie, are Agatha And The Curse Of Ishtar and Agatha And The Death Of X. It is not immediately clear if Ruth Bradley (Humans) will reprise her role as Agatha Christie.
Agatha And The Curse Of Ishtar, which is set to air this Christmas, sees author Agatha Christie travel to the deserts of Iraq in the late 1920’s for an archaeological dig where she unravels a series of mysterious murders. While Agatha And The Death Of X is set in the Blitz in 1940’s London, as the author decides she must kill off her most famous creation, and in doing so, becomes a target herself.
Like Agatha And The Truth Of Murder, both Agatha And The Curse Of Ishtar and Agatha And The Death Of X are being penned by Tom Dalton and are set up at Endemol Shine’s specialist indie DSP (formely known as Darlow Smithson Productions). Sam Yates is attached to direct Agatha And The Curse Of Ishtar. The follow ups were commissioned by Channel 5’s Digital Channel Controller Sebastian Cardwell. Kew Media Distribution will handle global sales.
“The first Agatha film in the series was a stand-out, global hit for us and we are extremely pleased that our friends at DSP are now producing two further films”, said Kew’s Jonathan Ford. “Viewers are intrigued by Agatha Christie, the time she lived in and the fascinating life she led – not just the stories she created but her own adventures too. We know these highly-produced, fictitious imaginings will continue to delight audiences around the world.”