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Entertainment The Pale Horse, BBC1, review: Rufus Sewell makes the perfect imperfect leading man in the latest Agatha Christie adaptation

01:50  10 february  2020
01:50  10 february  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

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The latest of the Agatha Christie adaptations by Sarah Phelps tackles The Pale Horse , one of the Rufus Sewell in The Pale Horse ( Mischief Screen Limited 2019/Ben Blackall ). The latest of the Agatha With Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in the lead roles as the heroic and villainous

BBC One has released a first look image of Rufus Sewell (The Man In The High Castle) in character as Mark Easterbrook from their upcoming Agatha Christie adaptation The Pale Horse , which is set to premiere in 2020. The Pale Horse follows Mark Easterbrook, who, after a mysterious list of names is

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The Pale Horse, 9pm, BBC One ★★★★

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If you’re suffering withdrawal symptoms after the impressive finale to The Trial of Christine Keeler, BBC One has dished up another helping of posh philanderers, doomed showgirls and Swinging Sixties period detail – with an added pinch of the sinister and possibly supernatural.

Video: Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse - Official Trailer (Gizmodo)

The Pale Horse is a strange beast, even by the standards of Sarah Phelps’ leftfield reimaginings of Agatha Christie mysteries. It encompasses paranoia (of the Cold War and personal varieties), witchcraft, betrayal and guilt.

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THE PALE HORSE is latest Agatha Christie adaptation by Sarah Phelps for the BBC and the first part The Pale Horse : Bertie Carvel plays Zachariah Osbourne, another person who finds himself on a The One Show: Matt Baker leaves Rufus Sewell ‘disappointed’ [VIDEO] The Pale Horse release

The first photo has been released from the BBC’s next Agatha Christie adaptation . The Pale Horse is expected to air on BBC One in the UK in early 2020 and it’ll premiere in the US on His investigation leads him to the peculiar village of Much Deeping, and The Pale Horse , the home of a

But this time around she has a helping hand because her source material is one of the Queen of Crime’s more outre offerings. Published in 1961, the novel casts a disapproving eye on the hedonists of Soho coffee bar society, as well as tapping into the contemporary vogue for Dennis Wheatley-style black magic thrillers. A cosy couple of hours at the vicarage this most definitely is not.

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But it works, and after the overdone Ordeal by Innocence and unsuspenseful ABC Murders, this was a welcome return to the heights of Phelps’ first Christie adaptations, And Then There Were None and The Witness for the Prosecution, both of which shone light into the darker areas of 20th century English society, while still being cracking whodunnits.

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Find out where Sarah Phelps new Agatha Christie adaptation was filmed, including the village of Sarah Phelps is bringing her fifth Agatha Christie adaptation to BBC One with The Pale Horse , starring Rufus Sewell (The Man The Pale Horse airs on BBC One at 9pm on Sunday 9th February.

Based on the Agatha Christie novel of the same name, it follows the story of Mark Easterbrook He begins an investigation into how and why his name came to appear on the list which leads him to The Pale Horse , the home of three rumored witches. CAST: Rufus Sewell , Kaya Scodelario, Sheila Atim.

It helps that for her latest leading man Phelps has Rufus Sewell, who shares with Ben Miles (Profumo in Christine Keeler) the ability to look and sound exactly like a man from another age.

The matinee idol good looks, lounge-lizard drawl and ability to convey an iron-clad sense of upper-class entitlement were as skilfully deployed as ever. He also brings a compelling intensity and gravitas to the role.

Henry Lloyd-Hughes in a suit and tie © Provided by The i Sewell plays Mark Easterbrook, an antiques dealer whose casual fling with a flighty heiress turned showgirl is followed by a horrific morning after when he finds her dead. Terrified, he flees the scene, only to discover that an apparently unrelated death yields a note in the victim’s shoe with his name on it. 

He’s part of a list and all the names on it have died recently or begin to soon after. It’s clearly got something to do with the death of his first wife (Georgina Campbell) and her connection with a sinister trio of women in a seemingly idyllic but distinctly creepy Surrey village.

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Rufus Sewell , Kaya Scodelario and Doctor Foster's Bertie Carvel are among the all-star cast.

In the first of two episodes, Phelps had great fun building an atmosphere of unease and evil as well as painting a vivid picture of the arty branch of the upper classes in the early 60s, for whom infidelity and debt are still things that only the lower orders get worked up about.

She was ably assisted by director Leonora Lonsdale, whose staging of a distinctly pagan-tinged Lammas fair was a gleeful homage to The Wicker Man. And a cracking supporting cast - Bertie Carvel as a twitchy hardware shop owner who's also on the list; Henry Lloyd-Hughes as a feckless, hedonistic aristo with a Dick Dastardly moustache;  Kaya Scodelario as Mark's brittle, suspicious second wife - are clearly having a whale of a time.

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There were moments when it all got a little contrived – the trio of “witches” (who include 60s veteran Rita Tushingham, creating menace with no more than a funny look) and Venables, James Fleet’s suspiciously harmless-looking local were constantly making sinister statements seemingly designed to fuel Mark’s desire to play detective.

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From snakes in jars to very suspicious deaths, Sarah Phelps’s latest Agatha Christie adaptation The Pale Horse is a Dennis Wheatley-inflected offering from 1961. The woman staggering towards Phelps has said that she originally envisaged doing a quintet of Christie adaptations covering half a

Screenwriter Sarah Phelps explains the significance of this common thread that runs through her adaptations , from And Then There Were None to The Pale Horse .

And the stuffed polar bear in his antiques showroom, looming glassy-eyed over the proceedings, is clearly meant to be symbolic but just looks a bit silly.

Overall, though, it’s satisfyingly murky stuff. And still very unclear whether Rufus Sewell's character will turn out to be more like his charming drunk in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel or his murderous Nazi overlord in The Man in the High Castle. But I'll certainly be tuning in new week to find out.

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