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It’s no mystery: Amazon is getting into the Agatha Christie business. The streaming service has added a series of adaptations from Agatha Christie Limited to its lineup of original dramas. The U.S. partnership will kick off with “Ordeal By Innocence,” which is already in production across the pond, and stars Bill Nighy, Alice Eve, Ella Purnell, Matthew Goode, Catherine Keener, Ed Westwick, Luke Treadaway, Eleanor Tomlinson and Morven Christie. In “Ordeal By Innocence,” old wounds are reopened for the Argyll family when a man suddenly turns up and claims that the black sheep of the family, Jack Argyll, »
- Tony Maglio
A new batch of Agatha Christie whodunits is coming to Amazon, which inked a deal for exclusive U.S. streaming rights to a series of adaptations from the British mystery maven’s estate.
Under the deal brokered by Wme-Img, Agatha Christie Ltd. continues its partnership with U.K. production company Mammoth Screen. In April, Img reached a deal with Agatha Christie Ltd. to handle international sales for the slate of seven new dramas.
The first adaptation under the deal is “Ordeal by Innocence,” based on Christie’s 1958 novel, which began production earlier this month in the U.K.
“We are thrilled to bring to our slate these adaptations from the world’s greatest mystery writer,” said Morgan Wandell, Amazon Studios’ head of international series. “With terrific talent, in front of and behind the camera, they are sure to delight our customers.”
- Todd Spangler
Deadline is reporting that Bill Nighy, Catherine Keener and Matthew Goode have signed on to lead the cast of Ordeal By Innocence, a three-part adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel, which is the first of seven dramas as part of a deal between BBC One and Agatha Christie Productions.
The 1958 book, said to be one of Christie’s personal favourites, “begins with the murder of wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll at her family estate, Sunny Point. Despite vehemently protesting his innocence, her adopted son Jack is arrested for the crime. Eighteen months later, Dr Arthur Calgary appears claiming to hold the alibi that can prove Jack’s innocence. But Jack died in prison before the case could come to trial, and the Argyll family is reluctant to dig up the secrets of the past. However, the shattering implications of Calgary’s story are too big to avoid: If Jack was not the killer, »
- Gary Collinson
Network: PBS. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates (Us): January 18, 2015 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie, Tessa Peake-Jones, Al Weaver, Kacey Ainsworth, Tom Austen, Seline Hizli, Pip Torrens, Pheline Roggan, Fiona Button, Oliver Dimsdale, and Lorne MacFayden. TV show description: Set in the 1950s, in the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester, the Grantchester TV show is a British detective drama based on James Runcie's Grantchester Mysteries. The story centers on sleuthing Anglican vicar Sidney Chambers (Norton) and his partner in crime-fighting, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Green). Young, amiable, attractive, and appealing, Sidney loves warm beer, hot jazz, and his black Labrador, Dickens. A modest and diligent man, Sidney works hard »
Miles Gaston Villanueva has been cast as Lyle Menendez in the upcoming drama series “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders,” coming to NBC this fall. Villanueva spent five years working in professional regional theater, including Shakespeare Santa Cruz and Kingsman Shakespeare, before moving to L.A. in 2013. He previously guest-starred on various TV shows, including “Chasing Life,” “Jane the Virgin” and “Rosewood,” and recently co-starred opposite Al Pacino and Judith Light in the new play “God Looked Away,” which had its first full production at the Pasadena Playhouse last winter. His manager is Scott Zimmerman and agency is Sdb Partners. “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” also stars Edie Falco as Leslie Abramson, the defense attorney for the Menendez brothers, who »
- Erin Nyren
Louisa Mellor Mar 14, 2017
This review contains spoilers.
Praise be for the three-parter. Even when the narrative wheels come off, as they did in spectacular fashion in The Replacement’s ludicrously overblown finale, you’re still quids-in when it comes to your time investment. A dodgy last hour after two decent instalments is forgivable, especially when it’s all so bonkers you can’t look away.
Episode three put pay to all the subtle ambiguity over who was really the crazy one and vindicated our girl Ellen by exposing Paula not only as Kay’s killer but also as the villain from the Saw films. The blue-eyed monster hatched a plan so complicated that even after watching the episode twice and taking notes each time, I could still use a steer on what actually happened.
Louisa Mellor Mar 8, 2017
This review contains spoilers.
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Hoo boy. You could cut the tension in that sandstone Victorian villa with a chic, designer knife. After Paula’s resigned “Fine, you win”, it wouldn’t have felt out of place for her to draw a sword, toss one to Ellen and leap onto the coffee table to have this out once and for all by clashing steel over the tasteful soft furnishings. That’s how powerful the animus is between these two.
They don’t need swords, of course. The laser beams shooting out from Vicky McClure’s limpid baby blues are weapon enough. The same goes for Morven Christie’s bright, false smile. Every flash of either this week took »
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What a difficult business it must be having ITV as a friend. Brightly new-pin sharp some days, radiating intelligence; the next day a bleary, weary fright of a mess, both cock-boastful and wheedlingly needy. On one hand, the channel continues to produce some of the finest drama currently on show on, yes, the planet. On the other, the channel continues to showboat its contempt for news and current affairs by not only moving News at Ten to 10.30 but, now weaving like a drunk trying to remove his trousers, replacing it with The Nightly Show.
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- Euan Ferguson
A bonkers psychological thriller plays into pregnancy fears. Meanwhile, Catastrophe returns, as funny and filthy as ever, and Inside No 9 gets cryptic
You’re pregnant? Congratulations. So your work will have to get in cover. And the person doing the covering may well try to steal your life. Don’t you hate it when that happens? I’ve not done the pregnant part, but I have worried about being superfluous after even a couple of weeks off, so I can imagine what it is like for maternity leave. A seam of that fear is what The Replacement (BBC1) taps into, and then mines and mines, until there’s a dirty great slagheap of it.
Ellen (Morven Christie) works for a firm of annoyingly fashionable Glasgow architects who do yucky group hugs and live and work in minimalist open-plan spaces and have car turntables for their Audi TTs (architects, like Tony Blair, »
- Sam Wollaston
Louisa Mellor Feb 28, 2017
A 3-part psychological thriller about insecurity, paranoia and the alienation of pregnancy, The Replacement gets off to a strong start…
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All psychological thrillers should take place in glass-walled offices; characters being able to see but not hear what’s going on does half the work for you. The open-plan Glasgow architecture firm at the centre of The Replacement is the perfect incubator for rising star Ellen’s (Morven Christie) deepening paranoia. The transparent boxes also give her nowhere to hide. Every grievance she expresses and swipe she takes at maternity cover Paula (Vicky McClure) is out on display.
As a pregnant woman, Ellen is already on display. Her body has become the province of other people. It’s theirs to touch, »
The star of BBC1’s new cuckoo-in-the-nest thriller The Replacement on how she went from being a kid on a council estate to roles in some of TV’s finest dramas – and why her years in the theatre were so painful
Morven Christie is quietly becoming the go-to actor for top notch British TV. She’s Amanda in ITV’s retro detective drama Grantchester, Fi Healey in Twenty Twelve, starred in award-magnet BBC dramas Murder (directed by The Killing’s Birger Larsen) last year and is Alison in The A Word, Peter Bowker’s acclaimed miniseries about autism. Alison is a tough woman who makes complicated decisions about the care of her son, and she isn’t a particularly fluffy character. So when Christie first heard about The Replacement, BBC1’s new cuckoo-in-the-nest thriller, written and directed by Joe Ahearne, she started to wonder if she was being typecast. “I thought, »
- Rebecca Nicholson
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