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Has the BBC drama changed the ending of Agatha Christie's The Pale Horse?

1 month ago   |   By Radio Times

Screenwriter Sarah Phelps has a reputation for twisting her Agatha Christie adaptations, sometimes changing the ending or giving us a completely different killer.
In The Pale Horse, she has kept the killer and the solution basically the same. But Phelps has also taken the bare bones of the plot and fleshed things out in her own particular way...
What remains the same in the novel and TV show?
In the original story and in the TV show, Zachary Osborne is the killer. And people are not dying by magic, but by thallium poisoning.
Clients thought they were hiring a trio of witches to bump off...
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The Pale Horse review: A camp horror whodunnit with style to spare

The Pale Horse review: A camp horror whodunnit with style to spare

1 month ago   |   By Radio Times

4.0 out of 5 star rating
By now, aficionados of writer Sarah Phelps's Agatha Christie adaptations will know what to expect: from 2015's And Then There Were None to 2018's The ABC Murders , Phelps has served up vibrant, no-holds-barred takes on Christie's original stories that capture the spirit if not the letter of the source material and do so with a great deal of style, subverting our assumptions and misapprehensions about the period in the process. (Yes, people did have sex and say “f**k” in the early 1960s.)
Her latest offering, a new screen version of 1961 novel The Pale Horse , once...
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The Pale Horse writer Sarah Phelps reveals the painting she's hidden in every single Agatha Christie drama

The Pale Horse writer Sarah Phelps reveals the painting she's hidden in every single Agatha Christie drama

1 month ago   |   By Radio Times

When you watch The Pale Horse, look out for a particular painting hung in the antiques shop of our protagonist Mark Easterbrook. See, there, in the gold frame behind the desk: stark against a dark background, a lamb lies with its feet bound in a sacrificial pose. Its eyes are open, and it seems still to be alive.
If you've watched any of Sarah Phelps's previous four Agatha Christie adaptations, the painting may seem weirdly familiar - and that's because, as the screenwriter reveals, she's slipped it into every one of her Christie dramas to date.
Agnus Dei, or Lamb of God, is an oil...
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