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David Walliams to star in Agatha Christie series

David Walliams is set to star in a new crime series on BBC One.

The comedic star will take a lead role as one half of married detective duo Tommy and Tuppence in 'Partners in Crime', a six-part series based on novelist Agatha Christie's two books, 'The Secret Adversary' and 'N or M'.

David - who also co-wrote the series - said: ''In bringing these thrilling stories to the screen, it is our ambition for Tommy and Tuppence to finally take their rightful place alongside Poirot and Marple as iconic Agatha Christie characters.''

The programme is the first in a string of novels which will be adapted for television in a bid by the BBC to celebrate what would have been the author's 125th birthday.

The famous crime writer - who died in 1976 - will also have her life explored in a series of documentaries to mark the occasion.

Next year, BBC will air a three-part adaptation of 'And Then There Were None', written by playwright Sarah Phelps.

Much of Christie's famous works have been adapted by ITV over the past 20 years, with the broadcaster recently ending its long-running 'Poirot' series starring David Suchet as the iconic Belgian detective.


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