After spending much of 2013 watching oh, so many Agatha Christie adaptations, I decided to put together a list of all her novels and short story collections, and whether and when they have been adapted for film. I’ll attempt to keep this updated as new information comes to mind, particularly since it appears that 2017 will be the start of yet another new era of adaptations for the Queen of Crime. See below:

(list updated – September 2016)

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The ’80s were Christie’s most prosperous decade for adaptations until the 2000s, with Peter Ustinov‘s Poirot, Joan Hickson‘s Marple, Francesca Annis and James Warwick as Tommy and Tuppence, and assorted other film and TV adaptations. While Christie had been disappointed with the vast majority of adaptations in her lifetime, the 80s would see her work treated far more reverently, and thus lead to David Suchet‘s purist revival in the 90s. Yet, however obliquely, most of these would not have been possible without this pair of TV movies from the start of the decade.

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Well, after only ten episodes and one film, Partners in Crime comes to an end. Fair enough: there were only a few short stories and the three later novels (set many years later) remaining, but it’s still hard to say farewell…

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And we’re back, for Geraldine McEwan’s final outings as Miss Jane Marple.

Review: Agatha Christie’s Marple: Series Three (2007 – 2009)

With Geraldine McEwan (Miss Jane Marple)

Written by Tom MacRae, Stewart Harcourt, Kevan Elyot and Stephen Churchett

Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple

I’ve come to adore Geraldine McEwan as Jane Marple; her kind and knowing smile, her rueful wisdom, the sweet way in which her heart goes out even to the murderer. I’m going to miss her, but I appreciate that McEwan – like many people in their 70s – wanted to retire. Although McEwan’s approach was different to those who came before her, I very much accept that: it’s not as if she was playing a cocaine-snorting flapper, or – God forbid – Jennifer Garner! I’d prefer each incarnation to have its own presence, and I think she succeeded admirably. So, on with the films.

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Review: “Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime” : Episodes 3 -6 (1983)

with Francesca Annis (Prudence “Tuppence” Beresford nee Crowley),James Warwick (Tommy Beresford),Reece Dinsdale (Albert)

written by Paul Annett, Gerald Savory and Jonathan Hales

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Film Review: “Murder She Said” (1961), “Murder at the Gallop” (1963), “Murder Most Foul” (1964) and “Murder Ahoy!” (1964)

with Margaret Rutherford (Miss Jane Marple), Stringer Davis (Mr. Stringer) and Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell (Inspector Dermot Craddock)

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cover of “The Secret Adversary”

Review: “Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime” : “The Secret Adversary” and Episodes 1 and 2 (1983)

with Francesca Annis (Prudence “Tuppence” Beresford nee Crowley), James Warwick (Tommy Beresford), Reece Dinsdale (Albert)

written by Pat Sandys, David Butler & Jonathan Hales

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