Mark Aldridge (author of Agatha Christie on Screen) uncovers the fascinating history of how Agatha Christie’s stories have been brought to the screen. You will find out what Christie herself really thought about such productions as Billy Wilder’s Witness for the Prosecution (1957) and the Miss Marple films starring Margaret Rutherford. As Mark demonstrates, Agatha Christie’s works have been brought to the screen in productions that range from the reverent to the unrecognisable – including the very first Agatha Christie film, The Passing of Mr Quinn in 1928, which took great liberties with the original story but left behind a significant legacy. This is just one of the lesser known adaptations that give new insight into the sometimes uneasy, but often rewarding, relationship between Agatha Christie and film and television.
Dr Mark Aldridge is the author of the 2016 book Agatha Christie on Screen, which draws on original correspondence and little-seen adaptations to create a comprehensive history of the film and television adaptations of Christie’s work. He is also a Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at Southampton Solent University and has published books covering the development of early television and the career of Russell T Davies.