First image of BBC’s new Agatha Christie production The Pale Horse


BBC One and Mammoth Screen have released a picture from the latest Agatha Christie adaptation The Pale Horse.

The latest iteration of the Christie novel was produced by Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited for BBC One.

Adapted by Bafta-nominated writer Sarah Phelps, The Pale Horse is coming to BBC One in 2020.

The image shows Emmy and Bafta-nominated Rufus Sewell (The Man In The High Castle, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, The Father) in the lead role of Mark Easterbrook.

The story

When a murder investigation is launched into the death of a young woman, a mysterious list of names is discovered in her shoe -prompting an inquiry not only to find the killer, but also to understand the list of names. Who wrote the list, and who do these names refer to?

One of those named is widowed antique dealer Mark Easterbrook, who, despite having found love again with new wife Hermia, is still haunted by the tragic death of his first wife Delphine.

The Pale Horse tells the story of Mark’s investigation into how and why his name came to appear on the list, an investigation that leads him to the peculiar home of a trio of rumoured witches, The Pale Horse, in the beautiful village of Much Deeping.

Bristol location filming

The Pale Horse was filmed over the summer at The Bottle Yard Studios and in and around the Bristol area.

Two parter

The Pale Horse is a two-part series, with each episode one-hour long, produced for BBC One by Mammoth Screen, which is part of ITV Studios, and Agatha Christie Limited.

It was directed by Leonora Lonsdale and produced by Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto.

The executive producers are Sarah Phelps, Damien Timmer and Helen Ziegler for Mammoth Screen, James Prichard and Basi Akpabio for Agatha Christie Limited and Tommy Bulfin for BBC.

Amazon Prime Video is the US co-production partner and Endeavor Content will handle sales in all territories internationally.

Also in the cast are:

Kaya Scodelario (Crawl, Extremely Wicked And Shockingly Evil And Vile) playing Hermia
Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) as Zachariah Osborne
Sean Pertwee (Gotham, Elementary) as Detective Inspector Lejeune
Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Killing Eve, Indian Summers) as David Ardingly
James Fleet (Unforgotten, Patrick Melrose) as Oscar
Poppy Gilbert (Call The Midwife) as Thomasina Tuckerton
Madeleine Bowyer (Black Mirror, Britannia) as Jessie Davis
Ellen Robertson (Snowflake, Britney Soho) as Poppy

Sarah Woodward (Queens Of Mystery, Loving Miss Hatto), Georgina Campbell (His Dark Materials, Black Mirror) and Claire Skinner (Outnumbered, Vanity Fair) will also star.

Completing the cast are Rita Tushingham (Vera, A Taste of Honey) as Bella, Sheila Atim (Girl From The North Country, Bloodmoon) as Thryza Grey and Kathy Kiera Clarke (Derry Girls, Tartuffe) as Sybil Stamford who will play the trio of witches.