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Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays Radio/TV Program

Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays: Three BBC radio full-cast dramas: Butter in a Lordly Dish, Murder in the Mews & Personal Call

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Publisher's Summary

A triple bill of archive BBC radio dramas, believed lost for over half a century and only recently rediscovered. "Butter in a Lordly Dish", written specially for radio in 1948, features Richard Williams as Sir Luke Enderby KC, whose infidelities lead him into trouble when he goes to meet his latest flame.

Williams also stars as Hercule Poirot in "Murder in the Mews", a 1955 adaptation of a short story. A young woman is found dead in her flat the day after Guy Fawkes night. Did she die by her own hand or someone else's?

In "Personal Call", also written specially for radio by Agatha Christie, a disturbing telephone call from a woman named Fay has consequences for both Richard Brent and his wife, Pam. This 1960 production stars Ivan Brandt and Barbara Lott.

©2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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    Patrick North Hampton, NH 05-04-16
    Patrick North Hampton, NH 05-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Sorry, not the best"
    Would you try another book from Agatha Christie and/or the narrators?

    Yes. This is not her best work, and there is a reason why it is "lost."


    Would you ever listen to anything by Agatha Christie again?

    Absolutely. Her work is generally terrific, with the exception of these stories.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Her other works have plenty of redeeming qualities--this was more mediocre and I recommend her other works.


    Any additional comments?

    As I have noted, Agatha Christie stories are generally fantastic, but I believe there is a reason why these were "lost" or not well known. It is because they are not as good as her other works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Wilson 09-28-16
    K. Wilson 09-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "ENJOYABLE"

    My husband and I listen to Agatha Christie as we travel. These short stories provided great entertainment for short trips. We love her work and the productions were enjoyable.

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    Kimberly 08-23-16
    Kimberly 08-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great for fans"

    a real treat to hear footage from the author herself as a fan this is a favorite choice

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    Patricia M. Street 07-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Only 3 plays"

    Says 5 plays but in fact only 3. #3 & 5 are interviews. The 3 plays are good but it a shame there aren't 5.

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    bg 04-22-16
    bg 04-22-16
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    "Interviews don't add anything"

    Not my idea of the voices of Poirot and the CI or their relationship but that's bound to happen. Rest of characters very well done. But although I liked hearing Agatha Christies voice, for the most part the various interviews took up more time than was warranted and added little to the experience. I would rather have had another story added.

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    Jennifer Asher Phoenix, AZ 04-12-16
    Jennifer Asher Phoenix, AZ 04-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great stories and background stories"

    As an Agatha Christie fan these old radio shows were amazing and fun to try to guess the endings

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    Mr Movie 01-07-16
    Mr Movie 01-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "In context, I can see how this is highly regarded"
    What did you like best about Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays? What did you like least?

    I like the play about the train the most, and her interviews. I least liked the time in between, but not by much.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I wanted more.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They bring that "radio play" feeling which to me is always engrossing regardless of the topic.


    Was Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays worth the listening time?

    Definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    Could do with a little less narration in between. I couldn't wait for those parts to finish

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Klosters, Switzerland 12-07-15
    Renee Klosters, Switzerland 12-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Agatha Christie Junkie"

    Enjoyed the Interviews not the poor ungenerous raidio Productions.
    Instead of the Radio plays I would have rather listend to The Mousetrap.

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    Roz Hawaii 12-01-15
    Roz Hawaii 12-01-15 Member Since 2010
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    "What a gem!"
    Would you listen to Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays again? Why?

    Yes, but not for the plays. The interviews of Agatha Christie and various actors involved in her plays was priceless!


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    BBC Dramatisations are always very well done.


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    Chelle 11-30-15
    Chelle 11-30-15
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    "Last Play is the Best"
    Any additional comments?

    The additional comments at the end of this production are worth the listen too.
    Over all, a nice easy listen.

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    11/21/15
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    "Newton Abbot Man"

    especially loved the play set at Newton Abbot Station. Believed it or not the station platforms still have the same configuration today as when the play was written. Even the refreshment room is still in the same place




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  • SuzHam
    9/21/15
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    "what a treat"
    If you could sum up Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays in three words, what would they be?

    Magic Enjoyable Brilliant


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays?

    Although the plays themselves were good, I particularly enjoyed the previously unheard on UK radio interview with AC and the extract of the Mousetrap anniversary party speeches and interviews


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Last scene in Personal Call


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but also didn't want it to end it as it was so good


    Any additional comments?

    Four stars not five for performance because of accent (or lack of) by the actor playing Poirot in Murder in the Mews otherwise brilliant as was the sound quality of all three plays

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Osric UK
    Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
    11/26/15
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    "Good purchase worth your money"

    Good stories backed up with good actors. In particular Richard Williams, a stalwart of the Paul Temple radio series. Worth the purchase to listen to if you liked Paul temple and Agatha Christie radio dramatisations

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
    12/2/15
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    "A real treat"

    These three plays combine everything that we love about Agatha Christie - puzzling mystery, convincing characters and a twist in the tail. These lost recordings are a real treat, with the clipped accents of the actors taking us back to a past era of radio. The real treat in this recording, however, is the surprise interview with Christie herself. Hearing her talk about her work was wonderful and gave a real insight into her methods and her writing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Highlight
    United Kingdom
    11/4/15
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    "❤️Love This - Agatha Christie Has It All "

    Agatha Christie at her best. Particularly 'Butter in a Lordly Dish' which is nice and creepy. An unusual storyline with a parallel from the Bible.

    It has that 40's style about it that just adds pernash which has been lost over the decades. This is a short play written especially for radio and has never been done since. I cannot see that anyone could make it as good as this version for the old actors have the correct BBC English clip about their voices that has long disappeared and is perfect for this play.

    This production gets on with the story without any necessary padding and is a marvelous treat. The Phone Call is very good too, Agatha knew how to do 'haunt'. You cannot go wrong with this set of plays if you are looking for some good old fashioned Classic plays.
    Agatha Christie has it all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sallyroblin
    10/23/15
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The plays were well acted but I found the plots rather thin. I'm a big fan of Agatha Christie books and dramatisations but these didn't hit the usual high standard for me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    predictable


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Enjoyed the acting


    Did Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays inspire you to do anything?

    no


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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