Christmas Success for the The ABC Murders

Company News January 9, 2019

The A.B.C. Murders is a Christmas Present

Sarah Phelps’ latest Agatha Christie adaptation, The A.B.C. Murders, launched on Boxing Day on BBC One. After the success of her previous three Christie adaptations, Sarah brought her unique take on the great crime writer’s novels to the fêted fictional detective Hercule Poirot, who was brought to life by screen legend John Malkovich. Episode One launched on Boxing Day with 7.8m viewers, making it the most watched programme that day and second most watched programme of Christmas week.

Critics have given some fantastic reviews for Sarah’s take on Poirot:


“John Malkovich’s suffering Poirot is magnificent”

The Guardian


“The ABC Murders shows that there are few signs of decline in English Christmas murder”

The Independent


“This mystery was perfectly gloomy and atmospheric, rich in visual detail and smartly scripted”


The Times


“A thoughtful new take on such a well-trodden brand, this Poirot made me sit up and watch – and long to see how things develop”

“Valiant, dazzling and thoroughly enjoyable”

The Telegraph


“A boldly different angle”

The Daily Mail


“Thoroughly gripping”

“The ABC Murders leaves you utterly taken in by the charm of a perfect murder mystery”

The Metro


This is the fourth of Sarah Phelps’ Agatha Christie adaptations, after And Then There Were None (2015), The Witness For The Prosecution (2016) and Ordeal By Innocence (2018).