Murder by the Book? With Peggy Ashcroft and Ian Holm
Does anybody recall a thirty minute drama about Agatha Christie broadcast sometime during the mid-seventies to early eighties on ITV. It's was a two handed play with Agatha Christie lying on her death bed where she is visited by Hercule Poirot coming from the 'afterlife' wanting to know the reasons why she hated him so much that she went out of her way to kill him off. Curtain was of course written in 1945.
The play became a discussion about her life but as I wasn't a fan at the time I have no recollection of the details. The finale ended the following morning with someone discovering that she had passed away during the night.
Well remembered. It certainly looks like the progamme was I thinking about. It's a great shame this drama appears to be completely forgotten.
a blast from the past...
Murder by the Book (1986) (TV)
Not to be missed by Agatha Christie devotees., 10 January 2000
Author: Wearysloth from Tallahassee, FL
Interesting and offbeat look at Agatha Christie and her decision to 'murder' Poirot, who is on hand to question her motives. Not as good as it sounds, but deserves viewing by the faithful. Ian Holm's interpretation of Poirot fits somewhere between Albert Finney and David Suchet's definitive performance.