BBC, BritBox Co-Commission Agatha Christie Adaptation Towards Zero


Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited are working on a new three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Towards Zero for BBC iPlayer and BBC One, in a co-commission with BritBox International.

The story will be adapted for the screen by Rachel Bennette (NW) and directed by Sam Yates (Magpie). The series will star Jackie Clune (Motherland), Grace Doherty (Call the Midwife), Jack Farthing (Rain Dogs), Khalil Gharbia (Mary & George), Adam Hugill (Sherwood), Anjelica Huston (The Grifters), Ella Lily Hyland (Black Doves), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting of Hill House), Mimi Keene (Sex Education), Clarke Peters (The Wire), Matthew Rhys (The Americans) and Anjana Vasan (Black Mirror: Demon 79).

Fifth Season is handling distribution.

Huston said: “I have long been a fan of Agatha Christie and the murder-mystery genre and always love the opportunity to film in England. I am thrilled to be working with director Sam Yates and this wonderful cast, and excited to play the clever and dignified Camilla, Lady Tressilian.”

James Prichard, executive producer for Agatha Christie Limited, said: “This is a very special production. Rachel has done an extraordinary job on making my great-grandmother’s story even more dramatic, intense and troubling. Add in a cast of this caliber, and viewers are in for a real treat.”

Sheena Bucktowonsing and Damien Timmer, executive producers for Mammoth Screen, added: “We are privileged to be working with Hollywood legend Anjelica Huston and a particularly stellar cast on one of Agatha Christie’s most intriguing novels—the sun-drenched Towards Zero. It’s a tale of tennis, an incendiary love triangle, the Devon coastline and murder!”

Lindsay Salt, director of BBC Drama, said: “For a writer whose work remains globally famous yet quintessentially British, it feels incredibly fitting that Towards Zero has attracted such a dazzling array of U.K. talent on both sides of the camera, alongside some exciting international names and Hollywood royalty. It’s an honor to partner with Agatha Christie Limited and Mammoth Screen to bring this tense, surprising and magnetic new adaptation to BBC iPlayer and BBC One.”

Robert Schildhouse, president of BritBox North America and general manager of BritBox International, commented: “It’s no mystery why BritBox subscribers love Agatha Christie—they love her storytelling that keeps them guessing to the very end. For our part, we’re obsessed with this amazing cast and can’t wait for Towards Zero to delight our audiences.”