The greatest crime writer of them all, Agatha Christie, is intrinsically linked to Midsomer Murders. As regular readers and fans may well already know, Wallingford, the town Christie called home for over 40 years also doubles as Causton in the popular ITV show.
It’s very fitting that the show, and perhaps closest thing to a successor to Christie’s immensely popular novels, is set in the place she had such affection for (albeit under a fictional name).
However, thanks to news announced by the BBC, it seems like Christie is not content to hand over the mantle just yet. After ITV’s long-running Miss Marple and Poirot franchises recently came to an end, two more of Christie’s creations are set to hit our screens. Based on her 1950s novels about the crime fighting duo Tommy and Tuppence, a new series written by and starring David Walliams will be going head to head with Midsomer in a ratings battle.
As well as this, the BBC will also be screening a three hour version of And Then There Were None for Christmas 2015. Widely believed to be the world’s most popular novel with sales of over 100 million copies, it’s sure to be a big hit.
So, it looks like Midsomer Murders will have some competition in the form of new Agatha Christie productions on the BBC. However, we’re sure that just as Midsomer ran alongside Poirot and Marple for all those years, it can happily co-exist with Tommy and Tuppence. With all that beautiful Southern Oxfordshire countryside to enjoy, and some of the most inventive and thrilling plots outside of Christie novels themselves, there’s no reason why it won’t last for another 100 episodes.