14 Oct 2019


Lyndsey Marshal(Rome, Hanna, Trespass Against Us) will play the lead role of crime writer Agatha Christie in the new drama commissioned by Channel 5 and made by Endemol Shine's DSP. Starring with her will be Jonah Hauer-King (World on Fire, Little Women).

Created by husband and wife team Tom and Emily Dalton, Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar (w/t), which will air on Channel 5 in the UK later this year, is currently filming in Malta under the direction of Sam Yates, voted one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2016, named a rising star in The Observer, and featured in GQ Magazine’s Men of the next 25 years.

Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar (w/t) sees author Agatha Christie, bruised from her divorce, travel to the deserts of Iraq in the late 1920’s for an archaeological dig where she unravels a series of mysterious murders.

Lyndsey Marshal (Rome, Hanna, Trespass Against Us) stars as Agatha Christie looking for escape and inspiration for a new literary career, writing romantic fiction instead of the detective novels that have made her a celebrity; Jonah Hauer-King (World on Fire, Little Women) is Max Mallowan, a handsome archaeologist determined to win Agatha's affection despite a 14-year age gap; Stanley Townsend (Informer, The Tunnel) is Sir Constance Bernard, a British diplomat in Iraq; Katherine Kingsley (Black Mirror Hated in the nation) is Katharine, the glamorous and charismatic wife of earnest archaeologist Leonard Woolley, played by Jack Deam (DCI Banks); Waj Ali (Carnival Row) is Ekeziel, Iraqi head of security at the dig; Rory Fleck Byrne (Harlots) is Marmaduke, the aristocrat funding Woolley’s excavation and Bronagh Waugh (Unforgotten, The Fall) is Lucy, second wife of Sir Constance Bernard, and in charge of administration for the dig .

Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar (w/t) is written by Tom Dalton (Agatha and the Truth of Murder, The Pharmacist) and directed by Sam Yates (The Hope Rooms and the West End stage production of The Starry Messenger). Carol Harding will produce.

Also commissioned by Channel 5 and filming later this year, Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar (w/t) is set in the Blitz in 1940’s London, as the author decides she must kill off her most famous creation, and in doing so, becomes a target herself...

Agatha and the Truth of Murder, which aired on Channel 5 in 2018, has already sold to more than 139 territories. Kew Media Distribution has international global rights to the two new films. All three Agatha films originate from writer Tom Dalton and DSP (part of the Endemol Shine Group).


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Notes to editors:

About Channel 5:

Channel 5 is a public service broadcaster and the UK’s third latest commercial TV station.  Launched in March 1997 Channel 5 has been owned by Viacom International Media Networks since September 2014.  Channel 5, 5STAR, 5USA, 5Spike, 5Select and My5 TV reach 3 in 4 of the UK viewing public each month with a diverse schedule including issue-led documentaries, popular factual, accessible history, stunning natural history, inclusive entertainment and reality, top lev 07749el sport, high quality scripted programming and critically acclaimed children’s and news programming. Through its agenda-driving commissions, Channel 5 has led on societal issues from inequality to inner city gang life, homelessness to mental health, aiming to tell the story of modern Britain by reflecting the lives of people across the nation.  My5 is an on-demand service allowing viewers to watch content online for free from Channel 5, 5STAR, 5USA, 5Select and 5Spike. In 2018, Channel 5 won its first BAFTA for Cruising with Jane McDonald and was named ‘Channel of the Year’ at the Edinburgh TV Festival.

About Viacom International Media Networks:

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is comprised of many of the world’s most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Channel, VH1, VIVA and COLORS. Viacom brands are seen globally in more than 600 million households in 170 territories and 37 languages via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at and Twitter feed at

About DSP

DSP is the multi award winning production company behind a diverse range of high quality productions including documentaries like Richard III: The King in the Car Park (Channel 4), living history such as 24 Hours in the Past (BBC ONE) and factually inspired drama including two series of The Mill (Channel 4) and We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story (BBC TWO) – the channels highest rating single drama of the year and Torvill and Dean (ITV).  Led by joint Managing Directors Emily Dalton and Donna Clark. DSP prides itself on combining passionate storytelling and rigorous authenticity across all its productions from comedy to drama, factual to ground breaking journalism. Recent programmes include Interior Design Masters (a Co-production for BBC Two and Netflix), and What Britain Buys and Sells In a Day (BBC Two).

About Kew Media Distribution

Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, produces and acquires more than 1,000 hours of new multi-genre content every year and distributes a diverse catalogue of film, television and digital assets to broadcasters and viewing platforms across the world. Kew Media Distribution manages international rights to a library of over 11,000 hours of TV and digital content, including major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at