Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays

  • by Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by full cast, Ivan Brandt, Richard Williams
  • 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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?


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.

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- Patrick

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.
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- ZUrlocker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-17-2015
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited