Agatha Christie on Screen

  • Mark Aldridge

Part of the Crime Files book series (CF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Mark Aldridge
    Pages 1-5
  3. Finding the Agatha Christie Film Form, 1928–37

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Mark Aldridge
      Pages 9-18
  4. Experiments in Television, 1937–62

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
  5. Agatha Christie Films, 1945–65

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Mark Aldridge
      Pages 79-94
  6. Prestige Films and Beyond, 1965–87

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Mark Aldridge
      Pages 113-137
    3. Mark Aldridge
      Pages 139-161
  7. Rethinking Agatha Christie Adaptations, 1979–95

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Mark Aldridge
      Pages 165-182
    3. Mark Aldridge
      Pages 183-208
  8. Televising the Canon, 1984–2013

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. Mark Aldridge
      Pages 211-242
    3. Mark Aldridge
      Pages 243-284

About this book


‘Mark Aldridge's book uncovers many hitherto unknown facts about screen adaptations of Agatha Christie. It is an important addition to Christie scholarship and required reading for all admirers of the Queen of Crime.’ - Dr. John Curran, author of Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks

‘The book is a mine of information. As well as a fascinating insight into the history of Agatha Christie adaptations, the book also throws much light on the whole area of adaptation and its participants on every side of the fence.’ - Mathew Prichard, grandson of Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie on Screen is a comprehensive exploration of 90 years of film and television adaptations of the world’s best-selling novelist’s work. Drawing on extensive archival material, it offers new information regarding both the well-known and forgotten screen adaptations of Agatha Christie’s stories, including unmade and rare adaptations, some of which have been unseen for more than half a century. This history offers intriguing insights into the discussions and debates that surrounded many of these screen projects – something that is brought to life through previously unpublished correspondence from Christie herself and a new wide-ranging interview with her grandson, Mathew Prichard. Agatha Christie on Screen takes the reader on a journey from little known silent film adaptations, through to famous screen productions including 1974’s Murder on the Orient Express, as well as the television series of the Poirot and Miss Marple stories and, most recently, the BBC’s acclaimed version of And Then There Were None.                                       


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Authors and affiliations

  • Mark Aldridge
    • 1
  1. 1.Film and Television StudiesSouthampton Solent UniversitySouthamptonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-67695-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-37292-5
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