The Agatha Christie Hour

BBC (ended 1982)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 10

    The Manhood Of Edward Robinson

    Aired 11/16/82

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    Jane in Search of a Job

    Aired 11/9/82

  • S 1 : Ep 8

    The Red Signal

    Aired 11/2/82

  • S 1 : Ep 7

    The Mystery of the Blue Jar

    Aired 10/19/82

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    Magnolia Blossom

    Aired 10/12/82

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Gough

    Canon Parfitt

  • Tony Jay

    Count Streplitch

  • Maurice Denham

    Mr. Parker Pyne

  • Roy Kinnear


  • Rupert Everett


  • show Description
  • This ten episode program was based on ten short stories written by Agatha Christie but with wide-ranging themes. Some were romances, several had supernatural themes, and a couple were youthful adventures. They were set in the England of the nineteen twenties and thirties, and much care was taken to present them as authentically as possible, with great attention to detail. Their common link was that all came from the talented pen of Agatha Christie, all were entertaining, and each program was carefully crafted and well cast, with many of the best of Britain's actors represented.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • "Where does the life go, you ask, if this is only the residence for life. What do you do if you find a burglar in your house? You get rid of him, don't you? Perhaps you even kill him."

    Notes (11)

    • Adapted from a short story in 'Parker Pyne Investigates' by Agatha Christie.

    • Adapted from the a short story in 'Miss Marple's Final Cases' by Agatha Christie.

    • Adapted from a short story in 'The Listerdale Mystery' by Agatha Christie.

    • Adapted from a short story in 'The Hound Of Death And Other Stories' by Agatha Christie.

    • Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, who appears as a character in this episode, was Agatha Christie's alter ego. She was a celebrated detective novelist and the creator of the famous Finnish detective Sven Hjerson. When she worked for Mr. Parker Pyne, she had already authored "forty-six successful works of fiction, all best sellers in England and America, and freely translated into French, German, Italian, Hungarian, Finnish, Japanese and Abyssinian." She was addicted to apples, and they were her trademark until Joyce Reynolds was drowned in an apple-bobbing bucket in "Halloween Party". In "Cards On The Table", she was one of the four sleuths invited to Mr. Shaitana's bridge party, where she formed an association with Hercule Poirot which spanned six novels. She was "handsome in a rather untidy fashion, with fine eyes, substantial shoulders, and a large quantity of rebellious grey hair with which she was continually experimenting." She was a "hot-headed feminist" who often voiced the opinion that a woman should be the head of Scotland Yard because of the female power of intuition. On the whole, she thought that life was "badly constructed" and said that she "could invent a better murder any day than anything real." Just as Christie tired of Poirot, Mrs. Oliver soon detested Sven Hjerson: "If I ever met that bony, gangling vegetable eating Finn in real life, I'd do a better murder than any I've ever invented." One of her novels was entitled "The Body In The Library".

    • Wally, the golden cocker spaniel who appears in this episode, was William Gaunt's own dog, who had earlier appeared with him in 'Nobody's House'

    • Adapted from a short story in 'Parker Pyne Investigates' by Agatha Christie.

    • Adapted from a short story in 'The Hound Of Death And Other Stories' by Agatha Christie

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    Allusions (1)

    • Nick Curtis, the crooner who sang the theme song "Goodnight Sweetheart" to the TV series of the same name, appears in this episode as a nightclub singer, singing music of the thirties era.

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Where oh where has this great series gone?

    By doctordavid, Jun 25, 2007