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 Greater London, 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.

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