Agatha Christie Hour: Set Two
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"An engrossing, mystery-lover's treasure from beginning to end" --Library Bookwatch
Intrigue and romance in Art Deco England
The Queen of Crime plumbs the recesses of the human heart in these five tales of mystery and murder, passion and peril, suspense and the supernatural.
In these stories, lesser-known Christie protagonists find themselves the victims of false accusations, embroiled in illicit love affairs, torn between duty and desire, and under the thumb of employers with questionable motives. These classic adaptations are Christie at her best, now on DVD for the first time.
The superb ensemble casts include Amanda Redman (New Tricks, Sexy Beast), Ralph Bates (Dear John, Poldark), Stephanie Cole (Doc Martin), Cherie Lunghi (Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Christopher Cazenove (The Duchess of Duke Street, Dynasty), and Rupert Everett (My Best Friend’s Wedding).
Magnolia Blossom: An unhappy wife tries to escape her marriage.
The Mystery of the Blue Jar: A young man consults an expert on the paranormal.
The Red Signal: A séance foretells of sudden death and danger.
Jane in Search of a Job: An Englishwoman takes on a dangerous assignment.
The Manhood of Edward Robinson: A henpecked fiancé sets off on the drive of his life.
Top Customer Reviews
Set 2 is as good as Set 1, both based on some of her more obscure writing. No Poirot, but great characters, regardless. Five new A.C.Hour mysteries prove the diversity and romantic side of Christie. Yet there is Christie mystery.
Each episode is cast with several British members of high achievement and fame. The 5 segments give a great romance & crime mix, enchanting at times, suspenseful other times.
SUBTITLES are provided. A text bio of Christie also. A must own completion to Set one.
Marriage trapped Theo (Claraia Madden-Sense and Sensibility)is the lady caught in the middle of 2 men who desire her in this 1920's love triangle. Husband Jeremy (Richard Darrell) vs lover Vincent (Ralph Bates-Poldark=awesome series). Should Theo choose freedom or loyalty? Romance or duty?
The Mystery of the Blue Jar
Great show! Law student, Jack (Robin Kermode-Wilde) is the only one who hears a woman yell 'murder,help murder' on the fairway. Great golf scenes with vintage togs, clubs (wooden woods & wood shafts). Then lovely French Felise (Isabelle Spade-Rue des Plaisirs & other hot Fr. films) hears and dreams of the blue vase. She, Jack, and "Doctor of the Soul" (Michael Aldridge-Love for Lydia;Lion,Witch,& the Wardrobe), psychic, set about finding the answer to the mysterious voice. Fun Christie Mystery style end.
The Red Signal
Another psychological mystery & murder.Read more ›
But that lack of polish didn't dim my enjoyment of The Agatha Christie Hour: Set 1 at all. Released in July of this year, the set has provided hours of happy viewing in my home and I'm so pleased to see the rest of the series coming to DVD. The entertaining stories are somewhat different from Christie's usual fare (and, in a sense interesting for that fact alone) and I found the acting and writing both quite solid. Made in the early 1980's, the "stage play" look of the shows holds a touch of nostalgia for me, reminding me of the Brian Clemens-penned Thriller, a series I loved when it aired in the states in the 1970's.
The Agatha Christie Hour: Set 2 should appeal to Christie aficionados, particularly those who have read the short stories these dramatizations are based on which include:
Unhappily married Theodora Darrell (Ciaran Madden) is running away with Vincent (Ralph Bates) when she learns that her husband Richard's (Jeremy Clyde) business is failing. She returns to see if she can help, only to learn that all is not as it seems.Read more ›
The settings seemed too staged.
Although the plots were good in most cases, they lacked the real Agatha Christie stlye I have got use to.
But they were certainly better entertainment that what is appearing on the television.
You could tell these stories were not her best... but they are good value for money
Specifically, we recommend one should watch "The Manhood of Edward Robinson" first, as a hen-pecked young broker (Nicholas Farrell) flees from his fiancee and her overbearing mother to end up inadvertently playing a dashing jewel thief for an evening at Christmas time. The likeably humorous premise is terrific even if the episode takes awhile to finally put the plot in cruise control for viewers watching Edward squirm in unfamiliar high-society surroundings. It has a similar, tongue-in-cheek flavor as Series I's "Girl on the Train" has. The other worthy recommendation involves a fateful seance in which one of five participants ends up murdered in classic murder mystery style. Although the culprit isn't hard to guess, "The Red Signal" works up to the end when, far too abruptly, the villain emerges. We had hoped for better things from the middling "Jane in Search of a Job," which could been played more of a comedy than it was. A British actress, with an excellent sense of situational comic timing (i.e. Jane Leeves), could have had a field day here with the paid impersonator concept.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We had no idea these episodes existed! Even though these don't have the big names of Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Tommy & Tuppence, they are still classic Agatha Christie. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brad A. Bigam
Well wrapped.Great story.As for the clarity,considering the age of the story and DVD, dull-but usable.These are hard to find.Published 13 months ago by agatha christie
I truly enjoyed the whole dramatic package presented in this set of the Agatha Christie Hour. The setting, script, filming and acting are of the highest quality. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Drama Fan
I ordered to complete a set. I received wrong set. So, cannot view Set Two. No problems returning redundant set one, other than lost time.Published 21 months ago by Pat Ryan
I usually love Agatha Christie and have read most of her novels, so I was pleased to see that a DVD was available. I have no problem with the seller of this product. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dorothy Shoe