BBC has announced a new Agatha Christie adaptation 'Murder Is Easy'.

A new Agatha Christie adaptation is coming to the BBC

A new Agatha Christie adaptation is coming to the BBC

The broadcaster has unveiled plans for a two-part thriller based on the iconic author's classic novel, and it will be adapted for the small screen by Sian Ejiwunmi-Le Berre.

Filming is set to get underway this summer with Meena Gaur directing, and it will air on BBC One and iPlayer in a co-commission with BritBox International.

In a statement, Ejiwunmi-Le Berre said: "I’ve watched every Agatha Christie adaptation out, because Christie wrote for the world and the whole world loves her back.

"But somehow I’d never read one of her novels. When I first read Murder is Easy, I couldn’t believe how daring, experimental and furious the book was. Nothing like I’d expected.

"From the first read, the book was shouting at me how to enter and adapt it, and what’s so exciting is having everyone at Mammoth Screen and [Agatha Christie Limited] jump right in there with me.

"It’s like going on an extended train journey with a genius sat next to you, whispering the secrets of storytelling into your ear.”

The story is set in England, 1954 when - on a train to London - "a man going by the name of Luke Fitzwilliam meets Miss Pinkerton, who tells him that a killer is on the loose in the sleepy English village of Wychwood under Ashe".

In a press release, the BBC added: "The villagers believe the deaths are mere accidents, but Miss Pinkerton knows otherwise - and when she's later found dead on her way to Scotland Yard, Luke feels he must find the killer before they can strike again.

"Because for a certain kind of person, murder is easy…"

Casting will be announced in due course.

James Prichard, executive producer for Agatha Christie Limited, added: "This is one of my great grandmother’s best and most disconcerting titles. Of course, murder isn't easy. Or is it if you live in a traditional unsuspecting English village?"

And Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama, commented “Agatha Christie on the BBC has become a classic combination, and in 'Murder is Easy' we have one of the Queen of Crime’s finest page-turners in a new adaptation that both speaks to us today and honours her incredible talent for brilliantly entertaining, skilfully told mystery.

"BBC One and iPlayer viewers will be gripped.”

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