A celebrated Agatha Christie supernatural mystery from 1961, The Pale Horse has been adapted into a mini-series, and it’s coming to Amazon next month. The series stars Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle, Zen, A Knight’s Tale) as Mark Easterbrook, the story’s main protagonist, a historian who accompanies a celebrated mystery author named Ariadne Oliver to a small town called Much Deeping (Oliver was based on Christie, but may or may not be a player in the Amazon adaptation). The story’s title comes from the Revelations story from The Bible: “Then I looked and saw a pale horse. Its rider’s name was Death…” In the novel the Pale Horse is the local inn. An inn that houses three witches.
Sean Pertwee (Gotham, Doctor Who) is Inspector Stanley Lejeune, responsible for tracking down a series of murders. He approaches Easterbrook when his name is found on a list hidden in a shoe of one victim. This adaptation comes from Sarah Phelps, who adapted Christie’s The ABC Murders (reviewed here) and Dublin Murders (reviewed here). Easterbrook’s wife, a key player in the story, is played by Kaya Scodelario (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, The Maze Runner).
Will this adaptation be typical Christie cozy mystery or one of her more over-the-top tales? (The witches are probably a hint). It looks to have some of the flair of Minky Woodcock and The Wicker Man. Take a look at this trailer for Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse:
Corn dollies, witches, a murder-tracking board, an accused innocent, and a clever detective. Where do we sign up?
Look for Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse, two-part, two-hour mini-series arriving on Amazon (here) March 13, 2020. Catch up on the original Christie novel, still in print and available here at Amazon.