Channel 5 has found a new Agatha Christie. Lyndsey Marshal (Rome, Hanna) has been tapped to play the famous author in Agatha And The Curse Of Ishtar, the second entry in Channel 5’s series of Agatha And The… films. She replaces Ruth Bradley (Humans) who played Christie in the first film, Agatha And The Truth Of Murder.
Agatha And The Curse Of Ishtar follows Christie who is looking for escape and inspiration for a new literary career, writing romantic fiction instead of the detective novels that have made her a celebrity. Bruised from her divorce, she travels to the deserts of Iraq in the late 1920’s for an archaeological dig where she unravels a series of mysterious murders.
Rounding out the cast is Jonah Hauer-King as Max Mallowan, a handsome archaeologist determined to win Agatha’s affection despite a 14-year age gap; Stanley Townsend as Sir Constance Bernard a British diplomat in Iraq; Jack Deam as archaeologist Leonard Woolley. Katherine Kingsley as Katharine, the glamorous and charismatic wife of Woolley; Waj Ali as Ekeziel, Iraqi head of security at the dig; Rory Fleck Byrne as Marmaduke, the aristocrat funding the Woolley’s excavation; and Bronagh Waugh is Lucy, second wife of Sir Constance Bernard, and in charge of administration for the dig .
The feature-length drama was commissioned by Channel 5 earlier this year alongside the third entry in the series, Agatha And The Death Of X. Agatha And The Curse Of Ishtar penned by husband and wife team Tom and Emily Dalton and is being produced by Endemol Shine’s specialist indie DSP (formerly known as Darlow Smithson Productions). Sam Yates is directing, while Carol Harding is the producer. The two follow up films were commissioned by Channel 5’s Digital Channel Controller Sebastian Cardwell. Kew Media Distribution are handling global sales. Filming on Agatha And The Curse Of Ishtar is now underway in Malta ahead of a late 2019 premiere.