CBS has put in development Marple, a drama series featuring a version of Agatha Christie’s iconic character. Inspired by Christie’s Miss Marple 12 novels and 20 short stories, the project will be written by David Wolstencroft, creator of the long-running British spy series Spooks aka MI-5.
In CBS’ Marple, the hat-loving old lady with propensity for solving crimes is being significantly aged down. (Can anyone imagine a commercial network launching a series with an octogenarian female lead in this youth-obsessed day and age?) After inheriting her grandmother’s bookstore and realizing that things in this small California town aren’t what they seem, a young woman begins working as a private investigator to get to the bottom of the town’s mysteries. Wolstencroft executive produces with Matthew Prichard and Hilary Strong of Agatha Christie Limited. CBS TV Studios is the studio.
CBS is building a roster of series featuring famous detective literary characters. The network has on the air Elementary, about Sherlock Holmes as well as a female (and American) Watson, and it just bought a Nancy Drew drama about the young sleuth. Like with Marple, CBS is changing Nancy Drew’s age, this time aging her up a bit to her 30s.
Additionally, CBS recently gave a put pilot order to a drama featuring two other classic literary characters, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
There have been a slew of screen Miss Marple adaptations. Joan Hickson is probably best known for played the amateur detective on TV (picture), with other actresses who have portrayed the character over the years including Geraldine McEwan, Margaret Rutherford, Julia McKenzie and Angela Lansbury.
Wolstencroft most recently co-created with Simon Mirren the Canal+ series Versailles.