John Malkovich, who was unforgettable as Vicomte de Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons, and as Gilbert Osmond in The Portrait of a Lady, is our next Hercule Poirot.

The ABC Murders, courtesy BBC


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Malkovich will star as Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective in The ABC Murders, a three-part mini-series for BBC and Amazon US.

Set in the 1930s, a time when Britain is dangerously divided and suspicion and hatred are on the rise, the story sees Poirot face a serial killer known only as A.B.C. As the body count rises, the only clue is a copy of The ABC Railway Guide at each crime scene. Poirot’s investigations are continuously thwarted by an enemy determined to outsmart him. If Poirot is to match his nemesis, then everything about him will be called into question: his authority, his integrity, his past and his identity.





Starring alongside Malkovich is Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint, as Inspector Crome.

Sarah Phelps (Dickensian, The Crimson Field) is adapting The ABC Murders from Agatha Christie’s crime novel that is “set in the seething, suspicious early 1930s” She also penned the recent Christie mini-series And Then There Were None, The Witness for the Prosecution, and Ordeal by Innocence. BBC One and Mammoth Screen will produce six more Christie adaptations.

Jack Farthing (Poldark), Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch), Gregor Fisher (Oliver Twist), Tara Fitzgerald (The Tenant of Wildfell Hall), Bronwyn James (Harlots), Kevin McNally (TURN), Ian Pirie (Endeavour), and Freya Mavor (The White Queen) join the cast.

Also look for Karen Westwood (The Alienist), and Lizzy McInnerny (The Crown).

Alex Gabassi (The Frankenstein Chronicles) is directing. Filming on the limited drama began in June.

The ABC Murders was previously adapted into the 1965 film The Alphabet Murders, starring Tony Randall. 

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