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Since early screen adaptations of her novels and plays, such as the 1931 work Black Coffee, there have been countless appearances of Agatha Christie’s work on both big and small screens, including the Oscar-winning Murder on the Orient Express.

For many modern fans, and even those who have never read an Agatha Christie book, her endearing legacy is the body of television adaptations featuring her two most popular creations – Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot.

Miss Marple

Who is your favourite Miss Marple? Margaret Rutherford? Joan Hickson? Or more recently the talented Julia McKenzie, who brought the latest adaptation of Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? to life? This classic murder mystery was inspired by the surrounding countryside of Christie’s home, and in particular the picturesque village of Cockington. But it was the BBC’s long-running series of feature-length murder mysteries with Joan Hickson in the early 1980s that cemented Miss Marple’s place in the TV schedule.

Further TV adaptations followed, but for many Hickson’s portrayal is the definitive one. Julia McKenzie’s love of the character prompted her to attend the 2010 Agatha Christie festival, celebrating the 120th anniversary of Christie’s birth.


Christie’s other much-loved detective, the eccentric Belgian Hercule Poirot, has also become a permanent fixture on British TV schedules. Beginning in 1989, Agatha Christie’s Poirot stars David Suchet as the Belgian detective. So far there have been more than 60 episodes made, and 2012 will see adaptations of the five remaining Poirot stories.

There have also been numerous big screen adaptations, many featuring Peter Ustinov in the lead role.
And for those who are not content to merely watch and read Agatha Christie, there have also been a number of computer games made recently, including Agatha Christie: Evil under the Sun and Murder on the Orient Express.

Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company

Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company

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