International Agatha Christie (Digital) Festival: 15 September 2020

To download the programme for the Festival and the official brochure, click here

Created in view of the response to the cancellation of the 2020 International Agatha Christie Festival, the virtual Festival is available from 15 September at the Festival’s YouTube channel

In view of the huge response, next year’s Festival has been expanded to 7 days and will run from 11 to 18 September 2021. Details of the 2021 Festival – and how to buy tickets – will be announced early next year on social media (@AgathaFestival) and our website (www.iacf-uk.org)

The International Agatha Christie Festival is supported by Arts Council England and receives smaller grants from various charities, including The Linbury Trust.

The virtual Festival is entirely free but we would welcome donations to support the Festival in future years and our work to support and promote the arts in Torbay and South Devon.

If you enjoy the Festival and would like to show your appreciation by helping us to ensure that the festival continues in future years, please make a donation

Times are local UK Time (GMT+1): the events last from 5 to 60 minutes and all will be available on YouTube until February 2021.

00.00
“Testing Your Little Grey Cells” – An exclusive Christie quiz from Kate Jackson, @ArmchairSleuth, the host of Cross Examining Crime and author of The Puzzle Detective (Volume 1 and Volume 2), with a stunning prize. Entries by midnight to mysterycompetition2020@gmail.com

00.15
“Welcome” – Mathew Prichard introduces everyone to the Festival and reads a very special poem by his grandmother

03.00
“Christie Connections: Dreaming of Ashfield” – A song from The Legendary 10 Seconds about Agatha Christie’s much loved childhood home.

08.00
“Christie Creations: Witness for the Prosecution” – The return of London’s spectacular in-the-courtroom production of Agatha Christie’s famous thriller.

09.00
“Christie Connections: Heathcliff House” – Nigel Ede talks about Heathcliff House, formerly Torre Vicarage, which Agatha Christie visited many times.

10.00
“Me and Agatha Christie” – An exclusive interview by the All About Agatha team with Sophie Hannah, author of the Poirot continuation novels.

11.00
“Christie Connections: The Loveliest Place on Earth” – An exploration of Greenway, Agatha Christie’s beautiful home on the river Dart.

11.30
“Christie Connections: Agatha Christie’s House” – A personal view of Greenway from Lee and Ruth Howard to remind us of carefree days of the past, and carefree days to come

12.00
“Christie Creations: 100 Years of Agatha Christie” – 2020 marks the centenary of Agatha Christie’s first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

13.00
“Christie Connections: Christie and Ealing” – A talk by Dr Jonathan Oates on Agatha Christie’s childhood in the London borough of Ealing.

13.00
“My Journey with Agatha Christie” – Vikas Singh, the Festival’s 2020 Fan Guest of Honour describes his journey with the writings of Agatha Christie.

14.00
“A Mysterious Life” – An exclusive interview by the All About Agatha team with Agatha Christie’s biographer Laura Thompson, author of Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life.

15.00
“Christie Connections” – Raye and Nick, the team behind Agatha Christie: The Legacy take us through some Christie connections, reporting from a special Agatha-related location

16.00
“The Missing Piece” – A short film by The Royal Mint on their beautiful £2 Agatha Christie coin, designed by David Lawrence.

17.00
“Agatha Christie and the Modernist Post-War Years” – An exploration of Agatha Christie’s home in “the safest building in London” and what she did while living there.

18.00
“Nima” – An exclusive interview by the All About Agatha team with Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie’s grandson.

18.00
THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WINNERS OF THE 2020 INTERNATIONAL AGATHA CHRISTIE FESTIVAL MYSTERY SHORT STORY COMPETITION

19.30
“Christie Connections: The Torquay Regatta” – A song from The Legendary 10 Seconds about this celebrated event, referenced by Agatha Christie in her autobiography.

20.00
“Hercule Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World” – Dr Mark Aldridge, author of Agatha Christie on Screen and Agatha Christie’s Poirot – The Greatest Detective in the World, on the centenary of Agatha Christie’s most famous sleuth.

21.00
SPOILER WARNING: “Agatha Christie’s Deadly Plots … Plotted” – A fascinating analysis by Dorothy Gambrell of Agatha Christie’s murderers, their murders and their motives.

22.00
“A Matter of Choice”
Fresh from Project Poirot and Mission Marple, Mara from @BooksLikeWhoa on her favourite and least favourite titles.

23.55
“Christie Creations: The Mousetrap” – The return of the world’s most popular stage thriller, first staged on 6 October 1952 and re-opening in London on 23 October 2020.