'The Pale Horse': Release date, plot, cast and everything you need to know about the Agatha Christie adaptation for BBC One

Written and created by Sarah Phelps, a new adaptation of the author's 1961 novel 'The Pale Horse' is underway to be a two-part drama series for BBC One

                            'The Pale Horse': Release date, plot, cast and everything you need to know about the Agatha Christie adaptation for BBC One

If you're a fan of Agatha Christie's mystery books, then you will love the new adaptation of the author's 1961 novel 'The Pale Horse' that is underway by BBC One. Written by Sarah Phelps, who will be creating her fifth adaptation from Christie's books for the BBC, it is set to be a two-part drama series. 'The Witness For The Prosecution', 'Ordeal By Innocence' and 'The ABC Murders' are some of the older ones she worked on.

"The Pale Horse was one of the later novels penned by my great grandmother, written as it was in the 1960s," James Prichard, executive producer and CEO of Agatha Christie Limited, said in a statement. "This new drama allows writer Sarah Phelps to continue her exploration of the 20th Century through Christie’s stories, with the book’s fantastic, foreboding atmosphere completely suited to Sarah’s unique style of adaptation."

Release date

There is no official release date announced for the BBC show yet. Watch this space for the latest updates.


Describing the storyline, creator Phelps said in a statement: "Written in 1961 against the backdrop of the Eichmann Trial, the escalation of the Cold War and Vietnam, 'The Pale Horse' is a shivery, paranoid story about superstition, love gone wrong, guilt and grief. It’s about what we’re capable of when we’re desperate and what we believe when all the lights go out and we’re alone in the dark."

To add more to the speculation about the plot, Helen Ziegler, executive producer for Mammoth said: "Sarah Phelps has crafted an extraordinary adaptation of Agatha Christie’s celebrated 1960s novel 'The Pale Horse', where the rational world and dark supernatural forces seem to collide. Asking the question 'how far would you go to protect your own happiness?' It’s a tale of guilt, terror, and witchcraft which we hope will delight and terrify viewers in equal measure!"


Rufus Sewell

Rufus Sewell attends the premiere of Disney's "The Lion King" at Dolby Theatre on July 09, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)

Rufus Sewell has been cast in the lead role of Mark Easterbrook in 'The Pale Horse'. The actor has previously starred in movies like 'Hamlet', 'A Knight's Tale', 'The Illusionist', 'Meet Frank', 'Daniel and Laurence'. 

Other members of the cast include Kaya Scodelario, Bertie Carvel, Sean Pertwee, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Poppy Gilbert, Madeleine Bowyer, Ellen Robertson, Sarah Woodward, Georgina Campbell, Claire Skinner, Rita Tushingham, Sheila Atim and Kathy Kiera Clarke.


Sarah Phelps

Sarah Phelps attends a screening of "The ABC Murder" at BFI Southbank on December 13, 2018 in London, England. (Getty Images)

Sarah Phelps has written and created 'The Pale Horse' for BBC. The BAFTA-nominated writer is best known for her work on Agatha Christie's 'The Witness For The Prosecution' and 'And Then There Were None', Charles Dickens's 'Great Expectations' and 'Oliver Twist' and J. K. Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy'. 

Leonora Lonsdale, who is known for his work in 'Black Dog' and 'Red Dog', is set to be the director of the two-part drama series. The streaming service has partnered with Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited for the forthcoming project. 

Where to watch 

You can stream the two-part series when it airs on BBC One.

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