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Sarah Phelps to adapt The ABC Murders

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  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    I am not so worried about that one as I don't like the Book at all, knowing my luck that will be one she does accurately and without swearing and Vulgarity just because I am not fussed about it.
  • TheLastWordTheLastWord United Kingdom Investigator
    Sarah Phelps need to stay away from adapting Agatha Christie's books. We need someone who is well-acquainted and versed in Christie's works and know them front to back enough to adapt them the way they are written.
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    and adding gratuitous swear words and sexual scenes and mindless action sequences, then it's essentially not Christie anymore. You're writing your own work slapping Christie's name on it.
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    what we're getting today with the recent Ordeal By Innocence, Witness For the Prosecution, And Then There Were None, and the Partners In Crime w/ Tommy & Tuppence, they don't hold a candle to the older adaptations. No, the older adaptations weren't perfect but they respected Christie's work to adapt what she wrote.

    Absolutely. You have said it all, so I realised I didn't need to post my own comments as they are - more or less verbatim - the points that several of you have already made!! :-)

    My, isn't it nice to read that someone else has the same opinion; it makes me realise I'm not being pernickety at all in wanting a faithful but still vibrant adaptation

    [ALERT: POTENTIAL SPOILER re recent TV version of 'Ordeal By Innocence':] One major criticism of the 'Ordeal By Innocence' TV drama, I really need to make. Though I can't mention too much about the end of the TV adaptation, as I think that might be deemed a spoiler (although it seems that you have all seen this TV drama already...!), I think I can safely state that the very last moments of the drama were NOT in the style of ANY of the (many) Christie books I have read. It was more like an adaptation of a great Barbara Vine tale, or a Minette Walters , et al. It is appalling to think that this dark moment could be cited as being an adaptation of any of A.C.'s stories.

    I may well go out of the house when the next A.C. televisualisation - 'The ABC Murders' - is broadcast. I have had enough. And no, I won't be recording it. ,-)

    Please, BBC, take Sarah Phelps - or whoever is responsible for this - off the job. She is, IMHO, simply not up to it.

    ~ TheLastWord
  • I may well go out of the house when the next A.C. televisualisation - 'The ABC Murders' - is broadcast. I have had enough. And no, I won't be recording it. ,-)

    Please, BBC, take Sarah Phelps - or whoever is responsible for this - off the job. She is, IMHO, simply not up to it.

    I'll probably watch The ABC Murders adaptation when it comes on but I'm definitely not excited about it as previous Christie adaptations. The best ABC Murders adaptation was the David Suchet version from the 90's -- it's the definitive version and probably the best and only one that we'll ever get no matter how many versions we'll get in the future. 

    I agree, PLEASE BBC, get someone who has both a passion and RESPECT for Christie's books and yearns not only to be faithful to her works but understand changes that are appropriate to the tone and style of Christie instead of attempting to modernize at the expense of betraying what made Christie popular to begin with. 


    “People in the dark are quite different, aren’t they?”  ― A Murder Is Announced 
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 11

    Please BBC, sever all ties with Sarah Phelps and get Anthony Horowitz or Simon Brett to Adapt ABC Murders, just someone who has read Agatha Christie Books or loves Agatha Christie Books and is going to Adapt the Book sympathetically and with the feelings of life-long fans in mind.

  • TheLastWordTheLastWord United Kingdom Investigator

    OMG! The new 'Hercule Poirot' is to be played by . . .

    John Malkovich ! ! :

    John Malkovich to play Hercule Poirot in The ABC Murders

    28 May 2018

    John Malkovich is set to take on the role of legendary Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders for Amazon Studios and the BBC.

    I should think Malkovich would imbue Christie's 'precise' Poirot with a psychotic edginess! No matter how contained he seems in the role, I would be watching the programme thinking that any minute Malkovich's Poirot would - or could - explode into a tirade of manic behaviour of some kind. Which is presumably why he was cast.

    Plus it will be a new version of the Poirot character, & any new casting will naturally make people's heads turn. And by casting a Hollywood star it will, of course, sell the programme back to the US. But whether or not such a new depiction works in the TV drama, it's hardly a shrewd, insightful, & neat little character, is it? And isn't that how Agatha Christie penned the character?!

    Yet another example of BBC 'ineptitude'!! And of Phelps changing Christie for her own ends.

    And all the more reason not to watch this Phelps adaptation. :-(

    Hey-ho! More disappointment! ,-)

    ~ TheLastWord
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭

    It might be that if we have to have an American Poirit then Malkovivch is the ideal person just like Helen Hayes was the best choice if we were going to have an American Miss Marple, Angela Landesbury was also a Great choice but she is English., I can see Poirot being played the way you fear Malkovich will, I think, The Last Word's Post is Brilliant.

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