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Rufus Sewell and Kaya Scodelario among cast for Agatha Christie's The Pale Horse for BBC

Rufus Sewell as Aurelio Zen and Caterina Murino as Tania

Story by Jack Foley

RUFUS Sewell (pictured and Kaya Scodelario are among the star-studded cast for Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse for the BBC.

Sewell (of The Man In The High Castle and The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel fame) plays Mark Easterbrook, who is tasked with trying to uncover the mystery of a list of names found in the shoe of a dead woman.

His investigation leads him to the peculiar village of Much Deeping, and The Pale Horse, the home of a trio of rumoured witches. Word has it that the witches can do away with wealthy relatives by means of the dark arts, but as the bodies mount up, Mark is certain there has to be a rational explanation.

Joining Sewell are Scodelario (Crawl, Extremely Wicked and Shockingly Evil And Vile) as Hermia, Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) as Zachariah Osborne, Sean Pertwee (Gotham, Elementary) as Detective Inspector Lejeune, Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Killing Eve, Indian Summers) as David Ardingly and Poppy Gilbert (Call The Midwife) as Thomasina Tuckerton.

Madeleine Bowyer (Black Mirror, Britannia) will play Jessie Davis and Ellen Robertson (Snowflake, Britney Soho) has been cast as Poppy.

Sarah Woodward (Queens Of Mystery, Loving Miss Hatto), Georgina Campbell (His Dark Materials, Black Mirror) and Claire Skinner (Outnumbered, Vanity Fair) will also star, while the trio of witches will be played by Rita Tushingham (Vera, A Taste Of Honey) as Bella, Sheila Atim (Girl From The North Country, Bloodmoon) as Thryza Grey and Kathy Kiera Clarke (Derry Girls, Tartuffe) as Sybil Stamford.

Filming has begun on the two-part drama in and around the Bristol area and is being directed by Leonora Lonsdale (Beast) and produced by Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto (City Of Tiny Lights).

Tommy Bulfin, BBC Drama Commissioning Editor, commented: “We are thrilled that filming is now underway on The Pale Horse for BBC One. Sarah’s brilliant scripts and her unique take on the famous Agatha Christie stories have once again attracted an array of top and exciting talent.”

James Prichard, Executive Producer and CEO of Agatha Christie Limited, added: “This adaptation feels like nothing we have done before. This is a very different story from most that my great grandmother wrote, and Sarah has taken it to new heights. The cast, with the likes of Rufus Sewell and Bertie Carvel, is superlative, and it should be a highly entertaining drama.”

Helen Ziegler, Executive Producer for Mammoth Screen, said: “Sarah Phelps has excelled herself with her fifth adaptation of Agatha Christie’s work. The Pale Horse is a stunningly atmospheric, bewitching and thrilling piece, which has attracted the most wonderful stellar cast. We are utterly thrilled to see Sarah’s brilliant writing be brought to life by director Leonora Lonsdale, the fantastic production team and incredible cast.”

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