Dead Man's Folly (Dramatised) : Hercule Poirot (Radio, TV)

  • by Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by John Moffatt, Julia McKenzie
  • Series: Hercule Poirot (Radio, TV)
  • 1 hrs and 49 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Ariadne Oliver, Queen of Crime Fiction, has been asked to devise a Murder Hunt for a fête at Nasse House, the home of Sir George Stubbs. But she begins to suspect that someone is manipulating the scenario of her game and fears that something very sinister is being planned. She sends for her old friend Hercule Poirot.
At first, he is not inclined to take her very seriously, but soon a series of events propels him to change his mind. Then suddenly, all Ariadne’s worst fears are realised when the girl playing the part of the murder victim is found strangled in the boat-house. For Hercule Poirot, the Murder Hunt has become a grim reality.
A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring John Moffatt as the great Belgian detective, with Julia McKenzie as Ariadne Oliver.

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They Cut Too Much Out

First of all, let me say that Moffatt and McKenzie both did sublime jobs with their characterizations -- I felt like they really understood Agatha Christie's vision of how Poirot and Ariadne Oliver would have sounded. The other characters, likewise, were well-cast. And the story itself is, in my opinion, definitely one of Agatha Christie's many best. The problem is that when abridging this down into a radio play, there was just too much cut. The fun of an Agatha Christie novel is the characters and sorting through all the red herrings -- but this story had so many characters cut down, that you didn't really have red herrings to play with. All those extra story lines that mix in with the murder in a Christie novel just weren't there. I was disappointed, especially since I felt like this particular cast could really have done a good job with a lengthier adaptation of the book.

I would recommend this audio program for car trips -- since it will entertain without distracting. However, as something to enjoy in the evening or at night, I would go with either a full audio book or a different radio play.
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- Stephanie L. Thompson

Entertaining Full-Cast Dramatization

Would you listen to Dead Man's Folly (Dramatised) again? Why?

Yes. I fully enjoyed the full cast and the music and sound effects. All the actors did a great job at telling this mystery story.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Dead Man's Folly features both Hercule Poirot and Ariadne Oliver which was delightful to have them working together to solve the mystery.


Any additional comments?

Overall, a fine cast, well produced and an enjoyable listen.

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- ButterflyRose

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-10-2010
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited