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  • Actors: Maurice Denham, Christopher Wren
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2014
  • Run Time: 517 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GAXASLC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,037 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

BONUS Biography of Agatha Christie and Parker Pyne: Before Poirot

SDH subtitles

Editorial Reviews

Ten beloved stories from the Queen of Crime

“Thrills, intrigue, and romance” —The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.)
“Entertaining” —San Francisco Chronicle

As seen on PBS’s Mystery!

From renowned mystery writer Agatha Christie come these 10 tales of intrigue and romance set in Art Deco-era England. In these suspenseful stories, lesser-known Christie protagonists—including “happiness expert” Parker Pyne—find themselves embroiled in illicit love affairs, supernatural mysteries, false accusations, life-changing encounters, and murder. These classic adaptations are “an engrossing, mystery-lover’s treasure from beginning to end” (Library Bookwatch).

The star-studded ensemble casts include John Nettles (Midsomer Murders), Amanda Redman (New Tricks), Christopher Cazenove (The Duchess of Duke Street), Ralph Bates (Poldark), Cherie Lunghi (Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Maurice Denham (All Passion Spent), James Grout (Inspector Morse), Stephanie Cole (Doc Martin), and Rupert Everett (My Best Friend’s Wedding).

THE STORIES
The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife
In a Glass Darkly
The Girl in the Train
The Fourth Man
The Case of the Discontented Soldier
Magnolia Blossom
The Mystery of the Blue Jar
The Red Signal
Jane in Search of a Job
The Manhood of Edward Robinson


Mysteries previously released on DVD

Customer Reviews

There's a reason why there were only ten in the series.
Stoney
Well acted and the scenes were really era perfect- in fact,the scenes were very well a large part of the pleasure.
agatha christie
Mystery, comedy, romance, and adventure; Agatha Christie style.
Harold Wolf

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 20, 2013
Format: DVD
Agatha Christie has done more for British Mystery than any other writer. It's not Poirot, but some of the Poirot characters first appeared in these stories. Mysteries take place in the 1920-30s period, and provide a look at a bit more of Christie than perhaps Poirot displays. There is more to Agatha Christie than just mystery.

The true question for this series is not Will Christie's stories be good?; but Will the acting be up to script level? Are the actor's worthy? They are. The series is cast with several British members of high achievement and fame. 10 episodes give interesting mix from romance to crime. They come alive, enchanting at times, suspenseful at other times.
SUBTITLES for all episodes, and it's a great set.

Complete episode details:
"Case of the Middle-Aged Wife": London's Parker Pyne (Maurice Denham), 'Dr. of Happiness' is engaged by a cheated-upon wife. Does it help, Mr. Pyne, to reverse the cheating participants? What's good for the George is good for the Maria. Claude is played by Rupert Frazer(The House of Eliott)

"In a Glass Darkly": A murder 'vision' is seen by a party guest causing him to suggest to the fiancé that she not go through with her wedding. After serving in WWI, he returns & the prophecy takes on new meaning.

"Girl in the Train": International intrigue involving a broker, a blonde, and an encounter on the train to Portsmouth--England not Massachusetts. Mystery, comedy, romance, and adventure; Agatha Christie style.

"Fourth Man": Riding the train together from London to Scotland was a doctor, a lawyer, and a clergyman. Sounds like a joke--but not when the 4th man joins the train compartment. John Nettles (Midsomer Murders), very young, is the 4th man.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Hancock on March 31, 2014
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I was expecting a collection of mysteries, but some of the episodes were stories about character development. All were beautifully acted and staged. The sets were interesting and true to the times as I remember movies of the period. I am 90 years old but my perspective was through childhood's eyes and not much knowledge, at the time, of British culture and classes. The stories were entertaining and, most importantly, revealing of the author, therefore interesting.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Hound Dog on February 15, 2013
Format: DVD
Dame Agatha Christie wrote several wonderful mystery gems in the 1920's and 1930's before concentrating far more on literary detectives Hercule Poirot and Ms. Marple. It wasn't until approximately thirty years ago that British television produced ten fifty-minute, video-taped adaptations from Christie's extensive collection of suspense tales. Watching them is something of an unique experience, as they are produced far more like live stage plays than filmed television episodes.

We will rate each one separately from one to five stars (five stars as best, etc.)

1. "The Case of the Middle-Aged Housewife" (a Parker Pyne story) **** 1/2

2. "In a Glass Darkly" (war-flavored melodrama) ***

3. "Girl on the Train" (thoroughly amusing!) **** 1/2

4. "The Case of the Discontented Soldier" (a second Parker Pyne story) **** 1/2

5. "The Fourth Man" (not entertaining and rather disturbing) * 1/2

6. "Magnolia Blossom" (unappealing, melodramatic love triangle) **

7. "The Red Signal" (classic seance-leads-to-murder mystery) ****

8. "Mystery of the Blue Jar" (the original story is much more intriguing with fewer details) ** 1/2

9. "Jane in Search of a Job" (OK viewing, but a more appealing lead actress would have done justice to the humorous concept) ***

10. "The Manhood of Edward Robinson" (starts off slow but becomes increasingly appealing) **** 1/2

While none of the ten stories are five-star gems, half of them are fairly close and well worth viewing at least once. Part of the difficulty watching "The Agatha Christie Hour" is separating what (or, more specifically, who) one visualizes in reading the short stories vs.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Delight in Books on February 23, 2011
Format: DVD
Finally, the Agatha Christie Hour is being put on DVD for us to watch. It's a really great series, such fun. This particular DVD is PAL, European, so you have to make sure your TV is compatible. Or you can watch it on your computer, which is okay, but they are all being converted to U.S> versions, and there are two separate series out already on U.S. versions, so try those first unless you have PAL conversion. Worth putting into your DVD library.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Twelvetrees on July 3, 2012
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Like the earlier series "Wodehouse Playhouse" -- which focused on lesser known stories of P. G. Wodehouse (i.e., no Bertie Wooster or Blandings Castle) -- the "Agatha Christie Hour" steered clear of Poirot, Marple, and Tommy & Tuppence.

The stories are hit and miss. A few are not mystery or adventure stories at all. "The Mystery of the Blue Jar" (about a man who hears cries for help on a golf course that no one else hears) and "The Red Signal" (which is treated like an old-fashioned movie mystery and has a phenomenal cast) are the closest to being typical Christiesque mysteries.

Many of the others are fun adventure stories. "Jane in Search of a Job" and "The Case of the Discontented Soldier" and "The Girl on the Train" are all tongue-in-cheek adventures that do not stint on the chase or on the fun. Some of the rest, like "The Fourth Man," are not very interesting.

Though this was made around the same time as "Brideshead Revisited" this show looks like most British tv at the time. Many of the scenes were done in one take, and on videotape, with filmed exteriors. This makes some of it look cheap and chintzy.
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