So, here is the first official look at the new Tommy and Tuppence from the upcoming six-part BBC series Partners in Crime, starring David Walliams and Jessica Raine.
(Left to Right : Jessica Raine as Tuppence and David Walliams as Tommy. Photo: Laurence Cendrowicz / Copyright: Endor Productions )
The series, directed by Edward Hall, is made up of adaptations of the first two novels in Agatha Christie’s series of five books devoted to the Beresfords (and not the short story collection that gives the series its title, previously adapted for the eponymous 1983 ITV series starring Francesca Annis and James Warwick) – they are:
The Secret Adversary adapted in three parts by Zinnie Harris
N or M? adapted in three parts by Claire Wilson
Each novel has been turned into a three-part serial. Here is the blurb from the press release:
Partners in Crime is an adventure series with espionage and humour at its heart. Set in a 1950s Britain rising from the ashes of the Blitz into the grip of a new Cold War, our beekeeping duo stumble into a world of murder, undercover agents and cold war conspiracy. Tuppence is a woman who sees adventure round every corner, throwing herself head first into every mystery with passion and fervour, determined to get to the truth no matter what it takes, much to the dismay of her more cautious husband Tommy.
As with the recent Father Brown series from the BBC, the setting has been relocated to a generic 1950s that is still within living memory for its target audience. Jessica Raine, fresh from the success of Call the Midwife would seem like ideal casting – as for Walliams, who is also one of the producers of the show, we shall have to wait and see. It is due out next year, to coincide with Agatha Christie’s 125th celebration year.