There’s nothing quite like a good old Agatha Christie murder mystery to bring the family together at Christmas.
Despite not liking television very much, Agatha Christie’s novels and short stories – Guinness World Records lists her as the best-selling novelist of all time – have often been better served on the small screen. We look at two of the finest examples of Agatha Christie on TV… Just in time to start your Christmas shopping!
The Seven Dials Mystery (1982)
John Gielgud, Harry Andrews, Cheryl Campbell and – what do you know – James Warwick starred in this pleasingly faithful take on the Dame’s 1929 favourite that’s about as classically Christie as you can get without lapsing into parody – a country house (check), gloriously over-the-top poshos (check), political intrigue (check) and, of course, a juicy murder (CHECK). And yes, the book’s – no pun intended – killer twist is kept thrillingly intact.
The Agatha Christie Hour (1982)
This ITV series from 1982 took ten of Christie’s short stories and adapted them into a series of riveting standalone murder mysteries. Boasting guest turns from, among others, Roy Kinnear, Rupert Everett, John Nettles, Amanda Redman, Linda Robson and Christopher Cazenove, this sprightly series sadly lasted for just one season, but remains the only place to see many stories that have never been adapted anywhere else, before or since.
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