TV Highlights

Partners in Crime

BBC One - 9pm

Who's in it?

Looking very natty in their 50s garb, David Walliams and Jessica Raine breathe new life into two of Agatha Christie’s least well-known sleuths.

In a nutshell

If you were on Family Fortunes and were asked to name Agatha Christie detectives, your best bet would be to say Miss Marple or Poirot. If you were on Pointless, on the other hand, you’d be better off going for Tommy and Tuppence. Unless you’re a committed Christie fan, chances are you haven’t heard of this dynamic duo, even though their stories have been adapated over the decades. Now we’ve got a polished new version, which updates their first story from the 1920s to the 1950s, embedding their shenanigans in a Cold War setting.

Tommy and Tuppence are a married couple, which was part of the appeal for David Walliams, who was apparently intrigued and amused at the idea of a seemingly ordinary, bickering couple dealing with corpses, villains and international espionage. Meeting a strange lady on a train (always a good setting for a Christie yarn), they were soon get sucked into all kinds of delicious intrigue. Not that Tommy was having any of it to begin with: “You hear the slightest noise on a train and you think murder and mayhem.”

What's the verdict?

David Walliams can do the wacky costumed caper stuff in his sleep, and this should be a hit with fans of whodunits and sagas like The 39 Steps. Simply spiffing stuff.

Star rating: 4/5

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07-07-2011