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Downton Abbey actress set to star in BBC’s new Agatha Christie adaptation Murder is Easy – and we can’t wait

Former Shetland actor Douglas Henshall also stars

Murder is Easy - BBC's new Agatha Christie adaptation
Emmy Griffiths
Emmy GriffithsTV & Film Editor
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If there is one thing we know in life, it is that the BBC loves an Agatha Christie adaptation, and we eat it up every single time! Four years after their previous adaptation, the network has announced Murder in Easywith an amazing all-star cast, including Downton Abbey alumni and even a Shetland star. Get the details…

The new adaptation stars Downton Abbey’s Penelope Wilton, Rye Lane star David Jonsson, Shetland star Douglas Henshall, and the Rings of Power star Morfydd Clark, the synopsis for the two-part story reads: “England, 1954. On a train to London, Fitzwilliam meets Miss Pinkerton who tells him that a killer is on the loose in the sleepy English village of Wychwood under Ashe.

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“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, Fitzwilliam feels he must find the killer before they can strike again. Because for a certain kind of person, murder is easy.”

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Filming has already taken place in Scotland, and while there isn’t a release date for the show just yet – so watch this space! The show will air on BBC One and iPlayer in the UK, and on BritBox International in the US, Canada and South Africa.

Murder is Easy - BBC's new Agatha Christie adaptation
BBC's new Agatha Christie adaptation Murder is Easy

Murder is Easy is a hugely popular novel from Christie, with six adaptations of the tale made since 1982, including a play starring Peter Capaldi. The show is just one of many exciting new period dramas coming to our screens soon – with Apple TV+’s drama The Buccaneers. The story follows the daughters of America’s new rich, beautiful and untameable. The synopsis reads: “Despite the best efforts of England’s finest governesses, they are on their way to London to snare themselves an aristocrat, low in funds but high in class, to make a perfect match.”

Netflix also has a period drama offering with All the Light We Cannot See, which follows a blind French girl and her father who flee German-occupied Paris with a priceless diamond, keeping it safe from the Nazis.

The Buccaneers is coming to Apple TV+ in November
The Buccaneers is coming to Apple TV+ in November

The synopsis reads: “Marie-Laure and Daniel soon find refuge in St. Malo, where they take up residence with a reclusive uncle who transmits clandestine radio broadcasts as part of the resistance.

“Yet here in this once-idyllic seaside city, Marie-Laure’s path also collides inexorably with the unlikeliest of kindred spirits: Werner, a brilliant teenager enlisted by Hitler’s regime to track down illegal broadcasts, who instead shares a secret connection to Marie-Laure as well as her faith in humanity and the possibility of hope.”