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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. [...] 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. [...] 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 said: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.
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.