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.
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"Sorry, not the best"
Yes. This is not her best work, and there is a reason why it is "lost."
Absolutely. Her work is generally terrific, with the exception of these stories.
Her other works have plenty of redeeming qualities--this was more mediocre and I recommend her other works.
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.
"Very interesting compilation"
This is really rather fun, it has a few very short plays performed that were written by Agatha Christie that I'd never heard of or read before as well as live recordings of her in various places. There's also a full Radio Broadcast and afterwards an interview with the sole surviving cast member. He discusses not only Agatha Christie, but his experiences in set design as well as the movies he worked on.
Really fun Historical and trivia piece to listen to.
My husband and I listen to Agatha Christie as we travel. These short stories provided great entertainment for short trips. We love her work and the productions were enjoyable.
"great for fans"
a real treat to hear footage from the author herself as a fan this is a favorite choice
"Only 3 plays"
Says 5 plays but in fact only 3. #3 & 5 are interviews. The 3 plays are good but it a shame there aren't 5.
"Interviews don't add anything"
Not my idea of the voices of Poirot and the CI or their relationship but that's bound to happen. Rest of characters very well done. But although I liked hearing Agatha Christies voice, for the most part the various interviews took up more time than was warranted and added little to the experience. I would rather have had another story added.
"Great stories and background stories"
As an Agatha Christie fan these old radio shows were amazing and fun to try to guess the endings
"In context, I can see how this is highly regarded"
I like the play about the train the most, and her interviews. I least liked the time in between, but not by much.
I wanted more.
They bring that "radio play" feeling which to me is always engrossing regardless of the topic.
Could do with a little less narration in between. I couldn't wait for those parts to finish
"Agatha Christie Junkie"
Enjoyed the Interviews not the poor ungenerous raidio Productions.
Instead of the Radio plays I would have rather listend to The Mousetrap.
"What a gem!"
Yes, but not for the plays. The interviews of Agatha Christie and various actors involved in her plays was priceless!
BBC Dramatisations are always very well done.
"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
"what a treat"
Magic Enjoyable Brilliant
Although the plays themselves were good, I particularly enjoyed the previously unheard on UK radio interview with AC and the extract of the Mousetrap anniversary party speeches and interviews
Last scene in Personal Call
Yes but also didn't want it to end it as it was so good
Four stars not five for performance because of accent (or lack of) by the actor playing Poirot in Murder in the Mews otherwise brilliant as was the sound quality of all three plays
Great hearing these classic plays and the interviews with Agatha Christie a peek into a lost age.
"Good purchase worth your money"
Good stories backed up with good actors. In particular Richard Williams, a stalwart of the Paul Temple radio series. Worth the purchase to listen to if you liked Paul temple and Agatha Christie radio dramatisations
"A real treat"
These three plays combine everything that we love about Agatha Christie - puzzling mystery, convincing characters and a twist in the tail. These lost recordings are a real treat, with the clipped accents of the actors taking us back to a past era of radio. The real treat in this recording, however, is the surprise interview with Christie herself. Hearing her talk about her work was wonderful and gave a real insight into her methods and her writing.
"❤️Love This - Agatha Christie Has It All "
Agatha Christie at her best. Particularly 'Butter in a Lordly Dish' which is nice and creepy. An unusual storyline with a parallel from the Bible.
It has that 40's style about it that just adds pernash which has been lost over the decades. This is a short play written especially for radio and has never been done since. I cannot see that anyone could make it as good as this version for the old actors have the correct BBC English clip about their voices that has long disappeared and is perfect for this play.
This production gets on with the story without any necessary padding and is a marvelous treat. The Phone Call is very good too, Agatha knew how to do 'haunt'. You cannot go wrong with this set of plays if you are looking for some good old fashioned Classic plays.
Agatha Christie has it all.
The plays were well acted but I found the plots rather thin. I'm a big fan of Agatha Christie books and dramatisations but these didn't hit the usual high standard for me.
Enjoyed the acting
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