Sarah Phelps

BBC announces the cast for factual drama The Sixth Commandment

Timothy Spall (Credit: Seb JJ Peters/BBC), Sheila Hancock (Credit: Neil Spence/BBC) Anne Reid, Éanna Hardwicke, Annabel Scholey (Credit: BBC)

Written by Sarah Phelps, the four-part crime drama will star Timothy Spall, Anne Reid, Éanna Hardwicke, Annabel Scholey and Sheila Hancock. 

The series will explore the deaths of inspirational teacher Peter Farquhar (Timothy Spall) and his religious neighbour Ann Moore-Martin (Anne Reid) in the village of Maids Moreton, Buckinghamshire.

The trajectory of Farquhar’s life changed when he met younger charismatic student Ben Field (Éanna Hardwicke), which led to one of the most confusing and intricate criminal cases in recent history.

BBC One releases first-look and further casting for A Very British Scandal

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Written by Sarah Phelps (Dublin Murders), the series will see Foy star as Margaret Campbell, the Duchess of Argyll, with Bettany starring as her husband Ian Campbell, 11th Duke of Argyll, and Davis as Maureen, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava.

A Very British Scandal will explore one of the most extraordinary and notoriously brutal legal cases of the 20th century: the divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll.

Claire Foy and Paul Bettany to star in A Very British Scandal

Claire Foy and Paul Bettany (credit: BBC)

Created by the team behind A Very English Scandal and written by Sarah Phelps (Dublin Murders), the three-part series will focus on one of the most notorious legal case of the 20th century: the Duke of Argyll’s divorce from Duchess Margaret Argyll.

Under the aggressively watchful eye of the 1960s media, Margaret, once famed for her charisma, style and beauty, dominated front pages as her divorce carried allegations of theft, forgery, violence, drug-taking, secret recording, bribery and an explicit polaroid picture.

BBC One commissions new factual drama The Sixth Commandment

The true crime drama explores the death of Peter Farquhar in the Buckinghamshire village of Maids Moreton, and the remarkable events that followed over the next three years.

The series will follow the story of the seeming friendship between the teacher Peter Farquhar and a charismatic young student, Ben Field, which turned into one of the most complex murder cases in recent history.

BBC commissions new psychological crime thriller Dublin Murders

Killian Scott and Sarah Greene star in Dublin Murders (Credit: BBC)

Dublin Murders follows troubled detectives Rob Reilly (Killian Scott) and Cassie Maddocks (Sarah Greene) as they struggle to uncover the truth behind two disturbing murders in Ireland. 

When the body of a thirteen-year-old girl is discovered on an altar in the woods, the mysterious circumstances echo that of a case twenty-one years earlier, where three boys, also aged thirteen, entered the same woods and only one returned. 

The thriller grapples with insanity and rationality, where the secrets of the detectives’ dark past re-emerge to disrupt the present.

BBC One announces cast for Agatha Christie adapation The Pale Horse

The Pale Horse cast (Credit: BBC)

The two-part thriller follows Mark Easterbrook (Rufus Sewell) as he investigates a mysterious list of names discovered in a dead woman’s shoe.

Easterbrook’s search for answers leads him to the unusual village of Much Deeping and The Pale Horse, the home to a group of suspected witches.

Rumours have circulated the town that the witches are responsible for the disappearances of wealthy relatives using dark magic yet Easterbrook remains adamant that there are rational explanations to solve these mysteries.

BBC announces new Agatha Christie thriller The Pale Horse

Agatha Christie (Credit: BBC)

The story – first published in 1961 – will be adapted for TV by the writer Sarah Phelps, who has previously adapted Christie’s novels, And Then There Were None and The Witness For The Prosecution.

The Pale Horse is a shivery, paranoid story about superstition, love gone wrong, guilt and grief. It’s about what we’re capable of when we’re desperate and what we believe when all the lights go out and we’re alone in the dark," says Sarah Phelps, who also serves as an executive producer.