Bill Nighy will lead a star-studded cast for a three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie's Ordeal By Innocence from the BBC. Nighy will be joined for the lavish production by Catherine Keener (Get Out), Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey), Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl), Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness), Luke Treadaway (Fortitude) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark).

All three episodes of the mini-series will be written by Sarah Phelps and directed by Sandra Goldbacher (Victoria). Phelps has plenty of experience adapting Christie for the BBC after her excellent work on And Then There Were None and Witness For The Prosecution. Production is about to get underway and presumably, Ordeal By Innocense will follow the release schedule of the previous two Christie mini-series' and should be with us just in time for Christmas.

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Based on Christie's 1958 book of the same name, Ordeal By Innocense hasn't been adapted for the small screen in a decade and even then, the story was reworked to include Geraldine McEwan's Miss Marple. Before that, the 1985 motion picture directed by Desmond Davis (Clash of the Titans) starring Donald Sutherland, Ian McShane, and Faye Dunaway remains the only other filmed version of the book.

If you can't wait until December to get an all-star Agatha Christie murder mystery fix, fear not, Kenneth Brannagh's Murder On The Orient Express docks in cinemas November 10. Starring Penope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, and Brannagh as the great Hercule Poirot.

Meanwhile, The BBC is currently preparing another high-profile event series in the shape of a Victorian Era set War of the Worlds. Written by Peter Hartness (Doctor Who, Jonathan Strange, and Mr. Norrell), the new series is expected to start production later this year.

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