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Chorion extends Agatha Christie deal

Eight new TV films commissioned for ITV including Murder on the Orient Express.
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Chorion has inked an output deal with ITV for eight new Agatha Christie films - including a lavish new adaptation of one of the author's most famous tales, Murder on the Orient Express.

The contract calls for four new Miss Marple films (starring Julia McKenzie) and four Poirot films (featuring David Suchet). The films are expected to air in 2009-2010.

Executive producer of Marple and Poirot, Chorion's Phil Clymer, said: "We are thrilled that ITV continue as our partners in crime. Their support and enthusiasm for the world's most famous detectives is unwavering."

ITV director of drama, Laura Mackie, added: "The enduring appeal of Marple and Poirot stems from the fact that there is always an appetite for a really good whodunnit. And these are the best whodunnits on television."

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