Agatha Christie | A look at the life and craft of the world's most successful crime writer
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 17 September 1975
DURATION | 27 minutes 59 seconds
To celebrate Agatha Christie's 85th birthday, presenter Cliff Michelmore talks to some of her friends, colleagues and admirers. Those who know her discuss her intense shyness at being in the public eye and her fans (including a boy aged seven and three quarters who is steadily working his way through her novels) confirm their devotion to her books, which capture the reader from the opening sentence.
An intriguing example of the great international appeal of Agatha Christie's books is the fact that Hercule Poirot's 'little grey cells' were displayed on Nicaraguan postage stamps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the formation of Interpol in 1973.
How to write a best-selling novel.
A visit to the set of 'The Mousetrap' after its 3,000th performance.
Theatrical luminaries pay tribute to Agatha Christie.
Writing and performing in a record-breaking play.
A killing time at the theatre.
Celebrating 21 years of 'The Mousetrap'.
A tribute to the queen of 'the gentle art of murder'.
Agatha Christie's husband recalls his wife, the talented archaeologist.
The female art of crime writing.
Exploring the mind of the world's most successful detective novelist.
A study of the enigmatic life and character of the novelist.
Visiting the scene of the crime.
Sue Perkins retraces Agatha Christie's creative footsteps around Devon.
Agatha Christie's personal tape recordings are discovered.
Agatha Christie's rural retreat.
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