The ABC Murders

'The ABC Murders' filming at Pickering Station, North Yorkshire Moors Railway © BBC

'The ABC Murders' BBC One

Yorkshire was in the spotlight over Christmas as BBC One debuted The ABC Murders on Boxing Day. Widely regarded as one of Agatha Christie’s best mysteries, The ABC Murders is one of the most surprising and unusual appearances by literature’s most famous detective. John Malkovich leads an all star cast as Hercule Poirot, flanked by Rupert Grint as Inspector Crome. The three  part drama filmed widely across Yorkshire earlier this year, at locations in Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Ripon and Harrogate.

The ABC Murders screened over three consecutive nights at 9pm on BBC One this Christmas, starting on Boxing Day 2018. Catch up on BBC iPlayer


BAFTA nominated writer Sarah Phelps returns to explore the 20th Century through Christie’s work. This time the setting is the 1930s, a time when the nation is dangerously divided and suspicion and hatred are on the rise. In the midst of this, Poirot faces a serial killer known only as A.B.C. First the killer strikes in Andover, then Bexhill. As the murder count rises, the only clue is the copy of The ABC Railway Guide at each crime scene. Poirot’s investigations are thwarted at every turn by an enemy determined to outsmart him. If Poirot is to match his nemesis then everything about him will be called into question: his authority, his integrity, his past, his identity.

Andrew Buchan as Franklin Clarke filming at St John's Square, Wakefield. © BBC. Photographer: Matt Squire

Yorkshire offered us the perfect base for 'The ABC Murders'. We had a wealth of period locations at our fingertips all within easy reach, including doubles for 1920s London. Couple that with a film friendly environment, Yorkshire is one of the best places for location filming in the U.K.

Charlie Thompson, Location Manager, 'The ABC Murders'.


The legendary John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich, In The Line Of Fire, Dangerous Liaisons) stars as Hercule Poirot alongside Rupert Grint (Harry Potter) as Inspector Crome. Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch) stars as Franklin Clarke, Tara Fitzgerald plays Lady Hermione Clarke and Eamon Farren (Twin Peaks: The Return) plays the role of the mysterious Cust. 2018 Olivier Award winning actress Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter, Happy Valley) is Rose Marbury, Jack Farthing (The Riot Club) is Donald Fraser, Bronwyn James appears in the role of Megan and Freya Mavor features as Thora Grey. Kevin McNally (Pirates Of The Caribbean, Legend) and Gregor Fisher (Love Actually) also star.

The ABC Murders is a Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited production for BBC One. It is directed by Alex Gabassi (The Frankenstein Chronicles, El Hipnotizador) and produced by BAFTA nominated Farah Abushwesha (Irreplaceable You, The Party).

'The ABC Murders' filming at Newby Hall © BBC

Filming Locations - Yorkshire Doubles for London

The ABC Murders filmed extensively in Yorkshire over three months during summer 2018, with the support of Screen Yorkshire’s production liaison team, Leeds City Council, Bradford Film Office, Harrogate Council and Wakefield Council. A range of period Yorkshire locations were used, doubling for 1930’s London, including; Leeds City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds Town Hall, Quebecs Hotel, Leeds, The Queens Hotel, Leeds, Victoria Leeds, Bradford City Hall, Ripon Spa Baths, Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, Embsay Historic Railway and St John’s Square Wakefield. Additional filming locations included; Little Germany in Bradford, Saltaire Village, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Newby Hall and Allerton Castle. The production filmed its studio based scenes at Prime Studios in Leeds. Production Offices were based at Studio 81. A number of former Screen Yorkshire Boot Camp trainees secured work as crew on the drama.