ITV commissions Agatha Christie dramas

'Foyles War,' 'Doc Martin' also ordered by Laura Mackie

LONDON -- ITV Tuesday unveiled a slew of drama commissions including eight new Agatha Christie dramas plus new episodes of long-running shows “Foyles War” and “Doc Martin.”

Director of drama Laura Mackie has ordered eight new Christie whodunnits including “Murder on the Orient Express” and will see David Suchet reprise his role as fastidious Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and four Miss Marple dramas featuring Julia McKenzie as the spinster sleuth. The TV movies will be produced by ITV and Chorion.

Mackie has also ordered a new three part series of World War II drama “Foyle’s War,” featuring Michael Kitchen and written by Anthony Horowitz.

Martin Clunes is set to reprise his role as curmudgeonly rural medic “Doc Martin” in a new eight part series from Buffalo Pictures. The drama, which garnered 9 million viewers at its last outing, will go into production in Cornwall later this spring.

ITV’s Mackie said the shows were “three of ITV’s biggest and most popular brands” showcasing “some of Britain’s best loved acting talent.”