David Walliams and Call The Midwife’s Jessica Raine are to play iconic Agatha Christie detective duo Tommy and Tuppence in a new comedy drama, Partners in Crime.
Set in 1950s Britain, the drama sees the beekeeping couple 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.
David Walliams said: “In bringing these thrilling stories to the screen, it is our ambition for Tommy and Tuppence to finally take their rightful place alongside Poirot and Marple as iconic Agatha Christie characters. I was first drawn to the delicious notion of a married couple solving crimes together, and the more I read of the Tommy and Tuppence novels and short stories, the more I realised they are among Christie’s very best work.”
Agatha Christie’s grandson Mathew Prichard said: “The first Tommy and Tuppence novel was published in 1922 and my grandmother would be thrilled to see her crime-fighting team reinvigorated for the BBC over 90 years on from when she first brought them to life.”
The six-part series will screen on BBC1 in 2015, the 125th anniversary of the author’s birth.