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Agatha Christie | A look at the life and craft of the world's most successful crime writer

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Agatha Christie's characters Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot are famous all over the world and her murder mystery 'The Mousetrap', has broken all records as the world's longest running play.

Christie herself was renowned for her shyness and reticence in public, but in this collection we hear from the lady herself, listen to testaments from those who knew her and see some of the efforts made to analyse the secret of her amazing success. We also witness the growing realisation that 'The Mousetrap' might just run a little longer than expected.

Agatha Christie Collection

Agatha Christie in 1946.

Agatha Christie Interview

RECORDED 1955
3 MINUTES

How to write a best-selling novel.

Neon sign at St Martins Theatre marking 56 years of 'The Mousetrap'.

News

The Eighth Year of 'The Mousetrap'

BROADCAST 1960
2 MINUTES

A visit to the set of 'The Mousetrap' after its 3,000th performance.

Agatha Christie in 1962.

The Mousetrap Tenth Anniversary Celebrations

RECORDED c. 1962
24 MINUTES

Theatrical luminaries pay tribute to Agatha Christie.

Richard Attenborough pictured in 1956.

Today

Tenth Anniversary of the Mousetrap

BROADCAST 1962
3 MINUTES

Writing and performing in a record-breaking play.

St Martin's Theatre, home of 'The Mousetrap'.

Omnibus File

Thrillers and Crime Fiction

BROADCAST 1972
2 MINUTES

A killing time at the theatre.

Dame Agatha Christie.

News

'The Mousetrap'

BROADCAST 1973
58 SECONDS

Celebrating 21 years of 'The Mousetrap'.

An open book.

The Mysterious Dame Agatha

BROADCAST 1975
28 MINUTES

A tribute to the queen of 'the gentle art of murder'.

Agatha Christie in 1946.

The World This Weekend

Sir Max Mallowan

BROADCAST 1977
5 MINUTES

Agatha Christie's husband recalls his wife, the talented archaeologist.

Agatha Christie at the 1937 radio recording of 'Yellow Iris'.

Women of Mystery

BROADCAST 1982
28 MINUTES

The female art of crime writing.

Agatha Christie in 1946.

Bookmark

Agatha Christie

BROADCAST 1984
10 MINUTES

Exploring the mind of the world's most successful detective novelist.

A finger print underneath a magnifying glass.

The Mystery of Agatha Christie

BROADCAST 1984
16 MINUTES

A study of the enigmatic life and character of the novelist.

Burgh Island hotel.

Countryfile

Agatha Christie Literary Trail

BROADCAST 2005
11 MINUTES

Visiting the scene of the crime.

Agatha Christie on the bank of the River Dart.

Countryfile: Summer Diaries

Agatha Christie's Devon

BROADCAST 2007
8 MINUTES

Sue Perkins retraces Agatha Christie's creative footsteps around Devon.

Agatha Christie.

Today

Agatha Christie Speaks

BROADCAST 2008
6 MINUTES

Agatha Christie's personal tape recordings are discovered.

Agatha Christie and Max Mallowan in the grounds of Greenway House.

News

Agatha Christie's House

BROADCAST 2009
3 MINUTES

Agatha Christie's rural retreat.

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