(Although, with the news we’ve had this week… But anyway…)

‘Downton Abbey’ creator Julian Fellowes to make Agatha Christie fashionable again
Julian Fellowes, the writer of ‘Downton Abbey’, is working on a film version of an Agatha Christie story that will be directed by Neil LaBute.

Neil LaBute, the acclaimed American playwright, tells Mandrake that he has persuaded Lord Fellowes to write the script for a film adaptation of Christie’s tale Crooked House.

“I somehow managed to persuade Julian to do it, even though he is so busy writing the next series of Downton,” LaBute says at the first night of his play In A Forest, Dark and Deep, at the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End.

The film will be set in London just after the end of the Second World War and shot in the capital later this year. “He is just a pro, and I think the period appealed to him,” adds LaBute.

Christie said Crooked House was one of the two favourite books she wrote.

I’ve never read that book! In fact, I’ve never even heard of it! How thrilling.

I think my version of a perfect world would be all television written by Julian Fellowes, with a fair quota of Agatha Christie novels thrown into his original stories about country houses. I wonder if he could be convinced to remake Monarch of the Glen by taking it back to the original Compton Mackenzie novels? Or at least put it in the 1930s and stop before Archie gets ridiculously written off the show?