BBC, Britbox head Towards Zero

By Michael Pickard
June 10, 2024


Anjelica Houston, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ella Lily Hyland and Mimi Keene head an ensemble cast for Towards Zero, the BBC’s latest Agatha Christie adaptation made in partnership with Britbox International.

Top (L-R): Jackie Clune, Grace Doherty, Jack Farthing, Khalil Gharbia. Middle: Adam Hugill, Anjelica Houston, Ella Lily Hyland, Oliver Jackson-Cohen. Bottom: Mimi Keene, Clarke Peters, Matthew Rhys, Anjana Vasan.

England, 1936. After a scandalous celebrity divorce, British tennis star Nevile Strange (Jackson-Cohen) and his ex-wife Audrey (Hyland) make the unthinkable decision to spend a summer together at Gull’s Point, their childhood home and the coastal estate of Nevile’s aunt, Lady Tressilian (Huston).

With unfinished business between the former childhood sweethearts, plus the presence of Nevile’s new wife Kay (Keene), tensions are running high. Add to this a long-suffering lady’s companion, a mysterious gentleman’s valet, an exiled cousin with a grudge, a venerable family lawyer, an inquisitive orphan and a French con man, and soon there will be murder. A troubled detective must rediscover his purpose to untangle a toxic web of jealousy, deceit and dysfunction. Can he solve the crime before another victim meets their death?

An explosive love triangle, a formidable matriarch and a house party of enemies. All compelled… Towards Zero.

The series also stars Jackie Clune, Grace Doherty, Jack Farthing, Khalil Gharbia, Adam Hugill, Clarke Peters, Matthew Rhys and Anjana Vasan.

The three-part series is written by Rachel Bennette (NW) and directed by Sam Yates (Magpie). It is produced by Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited for BBC iPlayer and BBC One, in a co-commission with BritBox International. Fifth Season will handle global distribution.

Executive producers are James Prichard for Agatha Christie Limited, Sheena Bucktowonsing and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen, Danielle Scott-Haughton for the BBC and Jon Farrar, Stephen Nye and Robert Schildhouse for BritBox International.

Filming is now underway in and around Bristol and on the Devon coast. The series will air on BBC iPlayer and BBC One, and outside of the UK on BritBox International’s streaming service in the US and Canada.

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