The producers of BBC One’s Partners in Crime have released the first picture of David Walliams and Jessica Raine as Agatha Christie’s’s married crime fighters Tommy and Tuppence.
Partners in Crime is a six-part series from Endor Productions and Acorn Productions. Set in a 1950s Britain rising from the ashes of the Blitz into the grip of a new Cold War, our bee-keeping duo stumble into a world of murder, undercover agents and cold war conspiracy.
Tuppence (Raine) 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 (Walliams).
Hilary Bevan Jones, executive producer and founder of Endor Productions, said, “To introduce the iconic Christie characters Tommy and Tuppence and their adventures to a whole new generation, is a fabulous opportunity for all of us at Endor.
“Our incredible creative team of David Walliams, Zinnie Harris and Claire Wilson are crafting a drama that promises to be exciting, fun and fresh.”
David Walliams added, “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.”
Hilary Strong, Managing Director, Acorn Productions, commented, “We are excited to be working with the BBC and Endor to bring Agatha Christie to a whole new generation of viewers as we continue to build the Christie brand worldwide.
“Partners in Crime is the first of two major new dramas for 2015, the second of which is a new production of And Then There Were None, one of Christie’s most popular novels of all time. I am delighted that our partnership with the BBC will play a central part in our 125th anniversary celebrations next year.”
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.”