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The ABC Murders: Premiere date revealed for Agatha Christie adaption with John Malkovich

Tuesday 4th December 2018

The hotly-anticipated adaption of Agatha Christie’s ABC Murders will air this Christmas, the BBC has revealed.

John Malkovich leads the star-studded cast in the hour-long drama as super detective Hercule Poirot.

The 64-year-old actor was revealed to be taking on the iconic role back in June, with a first look image of him wearing a shirt, tie and top hat, along with goatie beard.

The American actor controversially revealed his version of the French investigator would be talking with an English accent.

Malkovich told the Radio Times: “In our version, Poirot has lived in England for 20 years and has made a very long and laborious effort not to seem too much like a foreigner and to speak English like an Englishman.”

In the adaption, written by Bafta nominated writer Sarah Phelps, Malkovich is joined by Harry Potter star Rupert Grint as Inspector Crome, The Walking Dead’s Tara Fitzgerald as Lady Hermione Clarke, and Broadchurch star Andrew Buchan as Franklin Clarke.

Also appearing are Eamon Farren as Cust, Shirley Henderson as Rose Marbury, Jack Farthing as Donald Fraser, Bronwyn James in the role of Megan and Freya Mavor as Thora Grey.

The story, set is the 1930s—a time when the nation is dangerously divided and suspicion and hatred are on the rise—sees Poirot is tasked with tracking down a serial killer known only as ABC.

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As the murder count rises, the only clue is the copy of The ABC Railway Guide at each crime scene—but the detective's investigations are thwarted at every turn by an enemy determined to outsmart him.

To match his nemesis, Poirot's authority, integrity, past, and identity is called into question.

The ABC Murders will air on December 27 from 9pm on BBC One.

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