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John W



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:07 am    Post subject: Agatha Christie Reply with quote

I was a great fan of Agatha Christie paperbacks back in the 1970s. Love her and hate her, the 'solutions' are too contrived, but still enjoy the books. Recently reading several that I didn't read when I was younger, in fact I've been buying second hand Fontana editions from the 1970s - don't ask, that's just me.

Anyway apart from the mystery of the stories I always thought as literature the books had some merit, and there was more to Christie, and a good bit of social history to be found, so I was pleased to find this site listing some memorable quotes from her books

http://shortlist.com/entertainment/books/wisdom-from-agatha-christie-novels
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for those,John ... I will have a good read of them later.

I am a big fan of Christie's work and read many of her works years ago. I now watch them on TV.

I caught some of The Mirror Crack'd again the other day and was surprised to see Angela Lansbury (as Miss Marple) smoking! I don't think I ever noticed that before.
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John W



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky,

The many TV series, even the recent Poirot series, take liberties with the Christie plots, screen-writers often find the books 'unadaptable' to screen; the books can be just too complicated.

Most of Christie's short stories have been rewritten and expanded for TV, sometimes two stories put together, to create a full-length episodes. Often the characters and even the murderer(s) can change in TV adaptations.

So the TV stories can have very little of what Christie wrote so I'm not a regular viewer of 'Poirot' or 'Miss Marple' on TV.
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Colin



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to soak up the period atmosphere of the 1920s and 1930s, visit the Burgh Island Hotel off the coast of Bigbury-on-Sea in south Devon. The beaches there and the island itself are one of my favourite childhood haunts. There's a famous "smugglers inn" pub on the island called The Pilchard Inn which is worth a visit; you can walk to and from the pub when the tode is out but to get back you'll need to get on the unique tractor-bus - which my kids love!

See: http://www.burghisland.com/about_us_1.html
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love Devon, don't recall any todes.

Ah, tidal access to places, for Elizabeth Castle, Jersey, there are amphibious vehicles, ferries Charming Betty and Charming Nancy. Great fun. And of course when in Jersey there's always reminders of Bergerac. I think it was only ever a TV series, no paperback books.
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John W wrote:
becky,

The many TV series, even the recent Poirot series, take liberties with the Christie plots, screen-writers often find the books 'unadaptable' to screen; the books can be just too complicated.

Most of Christie's short stories have been rewritten and expanded for TV, sometimes two stories put together, to create a full-length episodes. Often the characters and even the murderer(s) can change in TV adaptations.

So the TV stories can have very little of what Christie wrote so I'm not a regular viewer of 'Poirot' or 'Miss Marple' on TV.


Yes, I think I've heard that before,John.

I listen to Radio 4 adaptations of Christie's books when they're on ....not sure if they are faithful (as much as they can be)to her work or not as it's a long time since I read the books.

There are many authors who are not best pleased with the big screen adaptations of their work.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My mum moved into a care home in March, and, aged nearly 96, has re-read all her AC books and is now working through my brother's complete collection.

I still remember going to a church dance when I was about 16 and seeing a 16 year old boy who was an unwilling attender en famille engrossed in a Christie book - anything rather than have to dance Smile .
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:


Yes, I think I've heard that before,John.

I listen to Radio 4 adaptations of Christie's books when they're on ....not sure if they are faithful (as much as they can be)to her work or not as it's a long time since I read the books.

There are many authors who are not best pleased with the big screen adaptations of their work.


"Cards On The Table" was on yesterday ... will catch up with that later if I have the time
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4extra/programmes/schedules/this_week
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UKTV Drama had an Agatha Christie Hour last night. I think it was the first of ten. It had Maurice Denham & Gwen Watford so I guess it was made in the 70's
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

graham b wrote:
UKTV Drama had an Agatha Christie Hour last night. I think it was the first of ten. It had Maurice Denham & Gwen Watford so I guess it was made in the 70's

Thanks for that information,graham ..I've put it on series record.

I enjoy seeing familiar faces,from the past,in old productions. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thoroughly enjoyed listening,today,to a Radio 4 Extra adaptation of And Then There Were None,even though I know whodunnit. Very Happy I recorded it a while ago and nearly forgot all about it.

Also recently enjoyed Miss Marple's Final Cases with June Whitfield.

These are still available on the iPlayer

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b069ww2b

I was in Morecambe a couple of months ago and walking on the promenade saw the Midland Hotel. The hotel was used in filming episodes of the TV series Agatha Christie's Poirot.
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