• Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays

  • Three BBC radio full-cast dramas: Butter in a Lordly Dish, Murder in the Mews & Personal Call
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: full cast, Ivan Brandt, Richard Williams
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Radio/TV Programme
  • Release date: 17-09-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (101 ratings)

Summary

A triple bill of archive BBC radio dramas, believed lost for over half a century and only recently rediscovered. "Butter in a Lordly Dish", written specially for radio in 1948, features Richard Williams as Sir Luke Enderby KC, whose infidelities lead him into trouble when he goes to meet his latest flame.
Williams also stars as Hercule Poirot in "Murder in the Mews", a 1955 adaptation of a short story. A young woman is found dead in her flat the day after Guy Fawkes night. Did she die by her own hand or someone else's?
In "Personal Call", also written specially for radio by Agatha Christie, a disturbing telephone call from a woman named Fay has consequences for both Richard Brent and his wife, Pam. This 1960 production stars Ivan Brandt and Barbara Lott.
©2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By dawvic on 21-11-15

Newton Abbot Man

especially loved the play set at Newton Abbot Station. Believed it or not the station platforms still have the same configuration today as when the play was written. Even the refreshment room is still in the same place




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2 out of 5 stars
By Pamela on 18-09-17

Not what I expected more chat than story

Has Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays put you off other books in this genre?

no

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The actual stories were good and nice to hear the originals

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Didn't realise it was more a documentary

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2 out of 5 stars
By Patrick on 04-05-16

Sorry, not the best

Would you try another book from Agatha Christie and/or the narrators?

Yes. This is not her best work, and there is a reason why it is "lost."

Would you ever listen to anything by Agatha Christie again?

Absolutely. Her work is generally terrific, with the exception of these stories.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Her other works have plenty of redeeming qualities--this was more mediocre and I recommend her other works.

Any additional comments?

As I have noted, Agatha Christie stories are generally fantastic, but I believe there is a reason why these were "lost" or not well known. It is because they are not as good as her other works.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mr Movie on 07-01-16

In context, I can see how this is highly regarded

What did you like best about Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays? What did you like least?

I like the play about the train the most, and her interviews. I least liked the time in between, but not by much.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I wanted more.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They bring that "radio play" feeling which to me is always engrossing regardless of the topic.

Was Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays worth the listening time?

Definitely.

Any additional comments?

Could do with a little less narration in between. I couldn't wait for those parts to finish

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