16 Sep 2019


Leading global distributor Kew Media Distribution has acquired international rights to two brand new Agatha films created by husband and wife team Tom and Emily Dalton for UK producer DSP (part of the Endemol Shine Group) and commissioned by the UK’s Channel 5, which follow on from the success of the recently broadcast Agatha and the Truth of Murder which has already sold to more than 139 territories.

Telling the story of the renowned novelist Agatha Christie’s unexplained eleven-day disappearance, Agatha and the Truth of Murder, starring Ruth Bradley (Humans) as the eponymous Agatha and featuring an award-winning ensemble cast, was Channel 5’s biggest show of the Festive Season in 2018 (source: BARB). 

All three Agatha films originate from writer Tom Dalton (The Pharmacist). The two new films, commissioned by Channel 5 and produced by Endemol Shine’s prodco label DSP (Torvill & Dean (ITV), Interior Design Masters (BBC/ Netflix), Dave Allen at Peace (BBC Two), are currently in pre-production and will be available in early 2020.  Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar  (w/t), which will be directed by Sam Yates and will air on Channel 5 in the UK this Christmas, sees author Agatha Christie travel to the deserts of Iraq in the late 1920’s for an archaeological dig where she unravels a series of mysterious murders; while Agatha and the Death of X (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..

Jonathan Ford, EVP Sales Kew Media Distribution comments, “The first Agatha film in the series was a stand-out, global hit for us and we are extremely pleased that our friends at DSP are now producing two further films. Viewers are intrigued by Agatha Christie, the time she lived in and the fascinating life she led – not just the stories she created but her own adventures too. We know these highly-produced, fictitious imaginings will continue to delight audiences around the world.”

Emily Dalton, Joint Managing Director of DSP continues: “With Agatha and the Truth of Murder we worked very hard to produce a classic murder mystery that was fun and unexpected. Having the opportunity to expand this world in two further films is a real privilege.”

Sebastian Cardwell who commissioned the drama for Channel 5 said:  “We’re delighted to commission two new murder mysteries after the success of Agatha and the Truth of Murder, which was a Christmas treat for our viewers in 2018.”


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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

About DSP

DSP is the multi award winning production company behind a diverse range of high quality shows, including factually inspired drama such as recent hits Torvill & Dean (ITV) and Agatha and the Truth of Murder (C5); popular factual series like Interior Design Masters (BBC Two/ Netflix) and What Britain Buys and Sells in a Day (BBC Two) and documentaries including Nazi Megastructures (National Geographic) and Richard III: The King in the Car Park (Channel 4).

Led by joint Managing Directors Emily Dalton and Donna Clark, DSP prides itself on combining passionate story-telling and rigorous authenticity across all its productions from comedy to drama, factual to ground-breaking journalism.