Regular price: $18.74

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – love a book or swap it for free
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $16.45/month
OR
In Basket

Publisher's 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

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Patrick
  • 04-05-2016

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Mr Movie
  • 07-01-2016

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Robin J Sellman
  • 11-07-2018

A good little listen

An interesting addition to anyone's Agatha charities library. I liked the radio interviews with the lady herself.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ZUrlocker
  • 03-07-2017

For die hard fans only

I'm an avid fan of Christie, especially the BBC radio adaptations. Sadly this is an uneven collection. Two lost plays that sound like they were written on a rainy afternoon and discarded. They rank right up there with high schoolers campfire ghost stories. These plays were lost for a reason! There's also a 1955 adaptation of "Murder in the Mews." It's a good story but the production is nothing special and true fans are probably already familiar with it. The package is rounded out with some recordings of Agatha Christie from the 1950s which are quite interesting along with an interview with a cast member from "Murder in the Mews" that is quite good although rather unrelated to Christie.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Arlene
  • 16-12-2016

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.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • K. Wilson
  • 28-09-2016

ENJOYABLE

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kimberly
  • 23-08-2016

great for fans

a real treat to hear footage from the author herself as a fan this is a favorite choice

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Patricia M. Street
  • 31-07-2016

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.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • bg
  • 22-04-2016

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jennifer Asher
  • 12-04-2016

Great stories and background stories

As an Agatha Christie fan these old radio shows were amazing and fun to try to guess the endings

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • dawvic
  • 21-11-2015

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




4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Pamela
  • 18-09-2017

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • SuzHam
  • 21-09-2015

what a treat

If you could sum up Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays in three words, what would they be?

Magic Enjoyable Brilliant

What was one of the most memorable moments of Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays?

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

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Last scene in Personal Call

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but also didn't want it to end it as it was so good

Any additional comments?

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • P. Hughes
  • 17-04-2018

Treasure

I so enjoyed this little piece of British radio history, thanks to those who found the plays and for putting together a wonderful set of interviews. Such wonderful stories and personalities. I especially liked the last interview with “ Freddy”. Incredibly humble and talented man. Thanks so much!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-12-2017

The List Plays

I love audio books. This gave. me a lot of pleasure particularly as it was a product. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Agatha Christie.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • BarbicanBoy
  • 24-02-2017

Interesting to hear vintage Christie

Really enjoyable old time radio productions ofChristie plays I did not know existed. Poorly was particularly interesting.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Charlie
  • 22-01-2017

Quality Classics

Great hearing these classic plays and the interviews with Agatha Christie a peek into a lost age.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Osric UK
  • 26-11-2015

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sarah
  • 02-12-2015

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Highlight
  • 04-11-2015

❤️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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful