The popularity of Murder Mystery dramas on TV and spin off Murder Mystery Nights across the country increase year on year. This is in no small part due to the author Agatha Christie, who created the “Who Dunit” novel genre. Therefore it is fitting that we celebrate the murder mystery novelist with an official “Agatha Christie Week”, which takes place this year from 9 -16th September 2012.
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay on 15 September 1890 and the eighth “Agatha Christie Week” coincides with the author’s birthday. The popularity of Agatha Christie is endorsed by the Guinness Book of World Records who record her as the best selling writer of all time. The Bible is the only book known to have outsold Agatha Christie novels with sales of around four billion copies. Her books have been translated into over 50 languages and she is the most translated author in history. Christie’s most famous characters are the Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot and the elderly spinster and amateur detective, Miss Marple. Hercule Poirot appeared in 33 of Agatha Christie’s novels and 54 short stories. In comparison, Miss Marple featured in only 12 novels.
“Agatha Christie Week” gives fans from all over the world an opportunity to celebrate the work of the distinguished British author and the event is organised by Torbay Cultural Partnership. Organised events include the “Agatha Christie Mile” walk, involving ten landmarks associated with the author and a visit to the Babbacombe Model Village, where participants are given the opportunity to detect miniature ‘Murder Mystery’ scenes hidden throughout the gardens. Agatha Christie fans can also climb aboard a real 1940s bus for a trip to Greenway House and Gardens, which was Agatha Christie’s holiday home. The rooms of Greenway House are in the style and decor of the 1950s and contain many of Agatha Christie”s collections and possessions.
Television has dined out on Agatha Christie over the years, dramatising the Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple novels, but it’s the 1970s films starring Peter Ustinov and Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot and the classic 1960s black and white films with Margaret Rutherford in the role of Miss Marple, that I have the greatest affection for.
So here is the MyFirstRecord.co.uk Top 5 Recommended Agatha Christie Films –
1) Murder at the Gallop
2) Murder on the Orient Express
3) Murder Most Foul
4) Death on the Nile
5) Murder Ahoy
And to celebrate this year’s “Agatha Christie Week”, here is a Top 5 Murder Mystery Songs –
1) Tavares – Whodunit?
2) Sophie Ellis Bextor – Murder on the Dancefloor
3) Toyah Wilcox – It’s a Mystery
4) Technotronic – Move that Body
5) Beatles – Paperback Writer
Which is your favourite Agatha Christie film / novel and why? Let us know in the Reply Box below.
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