Agatha Christie on Screen

© SpringerMark Aldridge
November 2016
£19.99 | $29.99 | Paperback | 978-1-349-67695-8


Agatha Christie fans, take heart – there is finally a comprehensive book devoted to screen adaptations of Christie’s work, featuring never-before-seen archival material and exclusive interviews with Christie's grandson. The only book of its kind to be written with the full cooperation of the Christie estate, Agatha Christie on Screen gives an unparalleled insight into the mind of the world's greatest crime novelist.

This book is a complete exploration of 90 years of film and television adaptations of the world’s best-selling novelist’s work. Drawing on extensive archival material, it offers new information regarding both well-known and forgotten screen adaptations of Agatha Christie’s stories, including unmade and rare adaptations – some of which have remained unseen for more than half a century.

This overarching history of the Christie canon offers intriguing insights into the discussions and debates that surrounded many of these screen projects, now brought to life through previously unpublished correspondence from Christie herself and a series of new wide-ranging interviews with her grandson, Mathew Prichard.

Agatha Christie on Screen takes the reader on a journey from little known silent film adaptations, through to famous screen productions including 1974’s Murder on the Orient Express, as well as the television series of the Poirot and Miss Marple stories and, most recently, the BBC’s acclaimed version of And Then There Were None. The stories behind these productions are consistently surprising and fascinating, and old and new Agatha Christie fans alike will treasure this celebration of Christie’s impact on film and television.


‘Mark Aldridge's book uncovers many hitherto unknown facts about screen adaptations of Agatha Christie. It is an important addition to Christie scholarship and required reading for all admirers of the Queen of Crime.’ – Dr. John Curran, author of Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks

‘The book is a mine of information. As well as a fascinating insight into the history of Agatha Christie adaptations, the book also throws much light on the whole area adaptation and its participants on every side of the fence. A jolly good read!’ – Mathew Prichard, grandson of Agatha Christie




About the Author

Dr Mark Aldridge is a senior lecturer in Film and Television at Southampton Solent University, UK, specialising in film and television history. Previous publications include The Birth of British Television, also published by Palgrave Macmillan. He has been a fan of Agatha Christie since he first saw Agatha Christie’s Poirot when he was seven.

For more information or to get in touch with the author please contact:
Rebecca Krahenbuhl – Communications Manager, Palgrave Macmillan

rebecca.krahenbuhl@palgrave.com, +44 0207 014 6634