Many would have gasped when director Guy Ritchie turned Arthur Conan Doyle's unforgettable detective into quite someone else in the 2009 film, called Sherlock Holmes. Robert Downey Jr essaying that amazingly brainy 19th century sleuth and Jude Law his sidekick Watson turned Doyle's creations into characters that traditionalists would have viewed with disgust and disbelief. Here was a Holmes who was into gun battles and wrestling as he stopped the ritual murder of a young woman in the nick of time.
Mathew Prichard, Christie's grandson, felt that this was the only way to keep young viewers glued to what the grand old Dame of mystery wrote and immortalised. During her days, she was extremely popular with the younger generation, and the new BBC plays will try and get the modern youth hooked to the crime and criminality which Christie plotted and planned in her head and penned through exemplary prose.
Also, as the writer's 125th birth anniversary draws closer, plans are being made for a television adaptation of her 1939 novel, And Then There Were None, as well as a big-screen one of her most renowned work, Murder on the Orient Express. Both are likely to open before Christmas.
Finally, plans are also on to recreate Miss Marple in a new avatar with a new actor. The one many of us are familiar with is Joan Hickson, who started knitting in 1984 -- going over the foxing intricacies of a crime as the cardigan took shape.
As we had said in our earlier columns, a well written story or a well thought-out plot seldom gets dated. Only that they need to be clothed in contemporary style to regain attention and interest.