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We all love a great murder-mystery and Blackpool’s Grand Theatre has picked out its Top 5 Agatha Christie Series.
The Queen of crime fiction and best-selling author of all time, wrote an incredible sixty detective novels during her lifetime, with such memorable characters as Hercule Poirot, one of Christie’s most famous and long-running characters appearing in 33 novels, 2 plays, and more than 50 short stories between 1920 and 1975.
Other renowned characters include; Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, Oliver, Quin, Pyne, and of course Miss Jane Marple.
We All Know What’s Going To Happen…
The plots are fairly straight forward – we need a body, the inevitable list of suspects, and a cracking detective.
Guests assemble at a chosen location, it could be a country house, a train, or a church hall… then comes the inevitable SCREAM!
Then we all start to guess… who did this, why, and more so… HOW was it done?
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Top 5 Agatha Christie Series
The ABC Murders (2018)
Starring John Malkovich as the eccentric Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, BBC One’s The ABC Murders is a darker take on the classic novel by Agatha Christie, which finds Poirot having to hunt down an elusive killer who murders his victims in alphabetical order.
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The Witness For The Prosecution (2016)
British mystery-drama-thriller BBC One series originally played over Christmas 2016. The two-part programme, adapted by Sarah Phelps and directed by Julian Jarrold is based on Agatha Christie’s short story of the same name. Based on the original short story with the original ending of Christie’s, which is different than that of previous stage, film and television versions (including Billy Wilder’s 1957 film).
The Series starred the likes of; Toby Jones, Andrea Riseborough, David Haig, Monica Dolan, Billy Howle, Paul Ready, Tim McMullan, Hayley Carmichael, Dorian Lough, and Kim Cattrall
Agatha Christie’s Marple (2004-2013)
Agatha Christie’s Marple (or simply ‘Marple’) is an ITV series (loosely) based on the books and short stories by Agatha Christie. Lead character Miss Jane Marple was played by Geraldine McEwan (series 1-3), until her retirement. Julia McKenzie then took the role from the fourth series onwards. Following series six, it was announced the BBC had acquired the rights for Agatha Christie adaptations.
Agatha Christie’s Marple follows the adventures of an elderly spinster living in a quiet little village, St. Mary Mead. During her many visits to friends and relatives in other villages (and sometimes at home), Marple always happens to stumble upon mysterious murders, which of course she’s happy to help solve (not always are the police happy for her help however!). Her reputation and unparalleled powers of observation do win them over.
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And Then There Were None (2015)
Mystery-thriller BBC One TV series first broadcast Christmas 2015 (26-28 December). The three-part programme adapted by Sarah Phelps, directed by Craig Viveiros is based on Christie’s novel. The series cast included; Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, Maeve Dermody, Burn Gorman, Anna Maxwell Martin, Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson, Toby Stephens, Noah Taylor and Aidan Turner. The mini-series follows a group of strangers who are invited to a secluded island where they are murdered one by one for their past crimes.
The series received critical acclaim with many praising the writing, performances, and cinematography. It also recieved over 6 million viewers.
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Agatha Christie’s Poirot (1989-2013)
The ultimate Agatha Christie adaptation, at least for die-hard fans, ITV’s Agatha Christie’s Poirot stars David Suchet, and ran for an incredible twenty-four years (1989 and 2013) a total of 13 Series – adapting every single major Poirot mystery (excepting the stage play Black Coffee) over a huge seventy episodes. The series concluded, appropriately, with Curtain.
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Take a look at what’s on at Blackpool Grand Theatre this Autumn / Winter 20/21
Blackpool Grand set out a COVID-Community Communication Programme (CCCP) during the Coronavirus pandemic. Our aims were simple, to CONNECT, COMFORT and UPLIFT. We would Connect people by offering tutorials on communication tools like Zoom and conduct community face-to-face meetings (book readings, youth groups and more). Comfort through stories of heritage, memories and storytelling, and to Uplift visitors spirits through laughter and exercise. Please do enjoy and if you can afford to donate please do.
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