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Mystery writer Agatha Christie published her first novel in 1920 and since then we’ve seen numerous TV and film adaptations. The latest of hers to make it to screen is The Pale Horse, heading to BBC One in the U.K. and Amazon Prime in the U.S., according to BBC Media Centre. 

Sarah Phelps (Dublin Murders), who already adapted Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence and The ABC Murders for TV, will be handing writing duties. A new trailer for the two-part series has been released, with Rufus Sewell taking the lead as Mark Easterbrook, a man living a charmed life… up until now.

When a woman is found dead, Easterbrook is questioned. He feels guilt-free as he’s never met this woman, nor did he know of her. But, apparently, she knew him. It turns out she had a piece of paper in her shoe with a list of ten names on it. Shockingly, his name is one of them.

Easterbrook feels obliged to investigate, which brings him to The Pale Horse, where he finds three women practicing witchcraft:

In the above trailer, Easterbrook provides a bit of foreshadow, saying, “Do you ever feel like something is coming? Something bad?”

He called it. The people on the list were either already dead or about to be (dead that is, via murder). That’s rather unsettling, to watch Death go down a checklist.

This is a good time to point out that the name of the book comes from the Revelation of St. John the Divine, chapter 6, verse 8: “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him…,” according to The Home of Agatha Christie website. 

If you find yourself intrigued, you can look for The Pale Horse in the U.K. on February 9 and on March 13 in the U.S.

There are a TON of Agatha Christie adaptations — how many have you seen? Please share!

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By Brigid Brown