Agatha Christie’s Partners In Crime – first-look picture

New BBC One drama for Agatha Christie’s 125th celebration year

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Partners In Crime – based on Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary and N or M – stars David Walliams (Little Britain, Big School) and Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife, Wolf Hall) as married couple Tommy and Tuppence in the six-part BBC One drama.

Partners In Crime is an adventure series with espionage and humour at its heart. Set in a 1950s Britain rising from the ashes of the Blitz into the grip of a new Cold War, our beekeeping duo 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 says: “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.”

Mathew Prichard, Chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd, says: “The first Tommy and Tuppence novel was published in 1922 and my grandmother, Agatha Christie, 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.”

Ben Stephenson Controller of Drama Commissioning, says: “This new and exciting partnership between David and Jessica promises to bring a fresh new take on these classic and well-loved adventures. With their combination of humour, wit and talent, I can’t think of two people better suited to take on the iconic roles of Tommy and Tuppence.”

Made by Endor Productions and Acorn Productions’, the episodes are written by award-winning author, playwright and director Zinnie Harris, (Spooks, Born With Two Mothers) and Claire Wilson, (Where There Is Darkness, Twist).