The Pale Horse

A full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
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A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of the atmospheric murder mystery novel by Agatha Christie, first published in 1961. 

A dying woman confesses a terrible secret to her priest along with a cryptic list of nine names. Before he is able to uncover anything more, the priest is struck dead in the fog and the police discover the list in his shoe.

Our hero Mark Easterbrook, a historian, learns of a secretive organisation known as The Pale Horse and of their supernatural connections in the village of Much Deeping. The list of names seems to foretell the deaths of several people and Mark must piece together the clues and unearth the connections between them all.

Who is behind the strange powers of The Pale Horse?

Dramatised by Joy Wilkinson

Directed by Mary Peate

©2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd
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Different yet the same

There are two radio versions of this story. This one didn't follow the book. Somethings were changed some things removed. (Don't want to spoil so I will not say what is different). I would recommend getting both radio versions of the Pale Horse as it is sort of two different stories. I am biased as this is one of my favorite stories of Ms Agatha.

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Good But Not A Favorite

This one really threw me. I never fully got engrossed in the story like I wanted to. I figured it might be the story but after thinking about it I feel its more the dramatization itself that threw me the most. It was hard to keep up with who was who and it was hard to realize what clues was important and what wasn't. The ending completely threw me though I did always suspect the man that was pronounced the murderer so it made since. Overall good but not amazing.

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  • 08-20-19

A quality production. Very enjoyable!

Great characterization. Agatha Christie at her best. A quality production. The BBC has done a great job with the casting and brought this book to life.

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  • marcellaferguson
  • 04-02-17

Great Stuff

A creative and original plot. Not your usual whodunnit but still enjoyable. Characters were relateable and well acted. I usually stick to my Poirot stories but i enjoyed this. Is it just me or did Christie have a strange interest in the supernatural/occult.....

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  • Grafton
  • 02-18-20

Excellent radio play version of the book

An excellent production, very well written and acted with a well chosen cast. Most enjoyable.

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  • Fay
  • 10-03-16

wonderful story

I loved this Agatha Christie story. Great production and the staff too particularly Jason Hughes.

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  • Bethie
  • 08-27-15

Always great listening!

I've been a huge fan of BBC Radio 4's Agatha Christie dramatisations - I've listened to them all over the years, in so many different formats. Please produce some more new ones thanks!

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