Agatha Christie on Television - good or bad?

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Agatha Christie on Television - good or bad?

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dec 22, 2014, 4:36pm


I feel like playing Devil's advocate here and stating that I really dislike many of the more recent television productions of Agatha Christie's work - Miss Marple in particular. I think that the stories are good enough to be left as they are and not to twiddle around with them and making different people the murderer than the original. Am I being too purist? Do you think Agatha Christie would have approved of her stories being altered? Are they changed because people might know the original story and so the production team wish to create a surprise?


Bowerbirds-Library (one half of it)

jan 11, 2015, 4:57pm

A lot of people don't like when Christie's stories are fooled around with for tv versions, and I'm one of them. But though I've grumbled to myself, I've enjoyed them. I think it may be, as you suggested, for the sake of creating a surprise for viewers that have read the book (even though it's more likely that someone who has read the book is watching the movie version because they liked the story). Also, with an actress under contract to play Miss Marple, for instance, they feel that they need to utilize their star as much as possible, so they shove her into all the stories.

Redigeret: jun 11, 2016, 1:35am

I agree that the most recent Miss Marple is horrible, though it's more the scripts than the actress. But the prior BBC Marple, Joan Hickson, was excellent, I thought.

David Suchet made a pretty good Poirot, too, though there were some liberties taken in the scripts.

jul 10, 2016, 12:26am

Joan Hickson was indeed the best Miss Marple. I have all of them on DVD and rewatch them often. I do enjoy David Suchet as Hercule and enjoy watching him because he has the part down wonderfully.

jul 11, 2016, 3:45pm

>4 JaneAustenNut: Indeed! What would I do without my Hickson and Suchet DVDs!

okt 27, 2017, 9:27am

I must get the Joan Hickson DVDs of the Miss Marple stories. I especially adore The Body in the Library.

Redigeret: okt 27, 2017, 1:04pm

>6 Bowerbirds-Library: The Hickson versions of A Caribbean Mystery and Nemesis are particularly good, I thought.