Dumb Witness
Kenneth Branagh
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Margaret Rutherford
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Vanessa Redgrave
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David Suchet
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Agatha Christie

Knowledge Identifier: +Agatha_Christie


Agatha Christie

British crime writer of novels, short stories, and playsadd

Category: Literature

Born in 1890.

Countries: United Kingdom (65%), United States (17%), (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: And Then There Were None, BBC, Dumb Witness

Linked to: British Museum, University College Hospital, Buckingham Palace, HarperCollins




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Agatha Christie was born in 1890 add something


Despite a turbulent courtship, on Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps. add something


Agatha Christie's first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles was published in 1920 and introduced the long-running character detective Hercule Poirot, who appeared in 33 of Christie's novels and 54 short stories. add something


Agatha's first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was published in 1920. add something


Some of these have explored and offered accounts of Christie's disappearance in 1926, including the 1979 film Agatha (with Vanessa Redgrave, where she sneaks away to plan revenge against her husband) and the Doctor Who episode "The Unicorn and the Wasp". add something


On 8 December 1926 the couple quarrelled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey. add something


Her other well known character, Miss Marple, was introduced in The Tuesday Night Club in 1927 and was based on women like Christie's grandmother and her "cronies". add something


Charles Laughton - He appeared in many West End plays in the following few years and his earliest successes on the stage were in roles like Hercule Poirot in Alibi (1928, the first actor to portray Agatha Christie's Belgian detective Hercule Poirot) - a stage adaptation of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd) and William Marble in Payment Deferred, in which he made his Lyceum Theatre debut in 1931.


In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan after joining him in an archaeological dig. add something


These three novels are now available in the collection Murder In Three Stages. add something


Mignon G. Eberhart - By the end of the 1930s, Eberhart had become the leading female crime novelist in the United States and was one of the highest paid female crime novelists in the world, next to Agatha Christie


Gladys Mitchell - Mitchell was an early member of the Detection Club along with G. K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers and throughout the 1930s was considered to be one of the "Big Three women detective writers", but she often challenged and mocked the conventions of the genre - notably in her earliest books, such as the first novel "Speedy Death", where there is a particularly surprising twist to the plot, or her parodies of Christie in "The Mystery of a Butcher's Shop" and "The Saltmarsh Murders"


Terence De Marney - Thrillers tended to be his stock in trade, appearing in a revival of Sutton Vane's "Outward Bound" during the 1930s, as well as Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians" and "Dear Murderer"


Andre van Gyseghem - He continued to take parts in plays, such as Florindo in "The Liar" and Master Klaus in "The Witch", but began his long career as director, starting with the Agatha Christie play "Black Coffee" in December 1930


Reginald Campbell Thompson - The writer Agatha Christie was invited by Campbell Thompson, along with her husband the archaeologist Max Mallowan, to the excavation site at Nineveh in 1931


Christie's 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway. add something


Allen Lane - The legend goes that on a train journey back from visiting Agatha Christie in 1934, Lane found himself on an Exeter station platform with nothing available worth reading


Dumb Witness - "The Scotsman" of 5 July 1937 started off with: "In Agatha Christie's novel there is a minor question of construction which might be raised


Dumb Witness - "'Dumb Witness"' is a detective fiction novel by British writer Agatha Christie, first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on 5 July 1937 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company later in the same year under the title of "'Poirot Loses a Client"'


Dumb Witness - In "The Observer"'s issue of 18 July 1937, "Torquemada" said, "usually after reading a Poirot story the reviewer begins to scheme for space in which to deal with it adequately; but Dumb Witness, the least of all the Poirot books, does not have this effect on me, though my sincere admiration for Agatha Christie is almost notorious


The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust. add something


Edna Best - Best had appeared on television as early as 1938, in a production of the play "Love from a Stranger", adapted from the Agatha Christie short story "Philomel Cottage" by Frank Vosper

Major work

1939 - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie


Arnold Ridley - During his time in military service in the Second World War he adapted the Agatha Christie novel "Peril at End House" into a West End play that premiered in 1940


And Then There Were None - For instance, an unnamed reviewer in the "Toronto Daily Star" of 16 March 1940 said, "Others have written better mysteries than Agatha Christie, but no one can touch her for ingenious plot and surprise ending


Fifth column - British reviewers of Agatha Christie's novel "N or M-" in 1941 used the term to describe the struggle of two British partisans of the Nazi regime working on its behalf in England during World War II.


And Then There Were None - In 1943, Agatha Christie adapted the story for the stage


Richard Haydn - Haydn was particularly memorable as the manservant Rogers in the 1945 adaptation of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None"


Roland Young - In 1945, he began his own radio show and appeared in the film adaption of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None"


Mary Clare - In the theatre, she played the lead role of the victim in Agatha Christie's 1945 play "Appointment with Death"


Sheila Sim - In theatre, she notably co-starred with her husband, Richard Attenborough, in the first production of "The Mousetrap" by Agatha Christie, which opened in London in 1952


Francis L. Sullivan - Sullivan, who eventually became a naturalized US citizen, won a Tony *award in 1955 for the Agatha Christie play "Witness for the Prosecution"


Gracie Fields - In 1956, Fields played Miss Marple in a US TV production of Agatha Christie's "A Murder is Announced"


Margaret Rutherford - In the early 1960s she became synonymous with Miss Jane Marple in a series of four films loosely based on the novels of Agatha Christie


Margaret Rutherford - She is probably best known for her 1960s performances as Miss Marple in several films based loosely on Agatha Christie's novels


Mimi Kennedy - She got her start in theater with the Rochester Community Players, appearing in Agatha Christie's "Spider Web" in October 1960 when she was 12 years old


For example, the use of thallium as a poison was suggested to her by UCH Chief Pharmacist Harold Davis, and in The Pale Horse, published in 1961, she employed it to dispatch a series of victims, the first clue to the murder method coming from the victims' loss of hair. add something


Brown's Hotel - Other notable people who have stayed at Brown's include Cecil Rhodes, founder of Rhodesia, Rudyard Kipling and Agatha Christie, who is popularly believed to have based her 1965 mystery "At Bertram's Hotel" on Brown's


From 1968, due to her husband's knighthood, Christie could be styled as Lady Mallowan. add something


Cicely Courtneidge - Courtneidge's theatre work in the 1970s included tours of Agatha Christie's "The Hollow" and Peter Coke's "Breath of Spring", both with Hulbert


From 1971 to 1974, Christie's health began to fail, although she continued to write. add something


In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, three years after her husband had been knighted for his archaeological work in 1968. add something


These publications came on the heels of the success of the film version of Murder on the Orient Express in 1974. add something


Albert Finney - During this period, one of his high-profile film roles was as Agatha Christie's Belgian master detective Hercule Poirot in the 1974 film "Murder On The Orient Express"


Rik Battaglia - In 1974 he appeared in the Agatha Christie adaptation "Ten Little Indians" and later in the Sergio Leone co-produced western "Un genio, due compari, un pollo" by Damiano Damiani


Georgette Heyer - The 1974 edition of the encyclopædia, published shortly after her death, included entries on popular writers Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, but did not mention Heyer


In 1975, sensing her increasing weakness, Christie signed over the rights of her most successful play, The Mousetrap, to her grandson. add something


It appeared on the front page of the paper on 6 August 1975. add something


Agatha Christie died in 1976 add something


Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie's death in 1976. add something


Agatha Christie died on 12 January 1976 at age 85 from natural causes at her Winterbrook House in the north of Cholsey parish, adjoining Wallingford in Oxfordshire. add something


Elsa Lanchester - She was Jessica Marbles, a sleuth based on Agatha Christie's Jane Marple, in the 1976 murder mystery spoof, "Murder by Death", and she made her last film in 1980 as Sophie in "Die Laughing"


Agatha made up stories from a very early age and invented a number of imaginary friends and paracosms. add something


Simon MacCorkindale - He was cast as Simon Doyle in the 1978 film adaptation of Agatha Christie's "Death on the Nile" at the age of 25


George Kennedy - He was part of an all-star cast in the Agatha Christie mystery "Death on the Nile" in 1978, joining the likes of David Niven, Peter Ustinov, Angela Lansbury and Bette Davis


Lois Chiles - In 1978, she appeared in the film adaptation of Agatha Christie's "Death on the Nile" as the murder victim Linnet Ridgeway Doyle, and in 1979, she appeared in what is perhaps her most famous role, that of NASA astronaut, scientist and Bond girl Dr. Holly Goodhead opposite Roger Moore's James Bond in "Moonraker"


Fiona Walker - Other television appearances have included "All Creatures Great and Small" , "Bleak House" , Agatha Christie's "Poirot" , and two "Doctor Who" serials, 24 years apart - "The Keys of Marinus" in 1964 and "Silver Nemesis" in 1988


The 1979 Michael Apted film "Agatha" starring Vanessa Redgrave, Dustin Hoffman and Timothy Dalton depicts Christie planning suicide, to frame her husband's mistress for her "murder" add something


Others, such as 1980 Hungarian film, "Kojak Budapesten" create their own scenarios involving Christie's criminal skill add something


Geoffrey Whitehead - He is regularly seen on British television as well as filling many roles on radio, where he featured in the 3rd and 4th episodes of the fifth series of the BBC Radio 4 comedy series "Old Harry's Game" in the role of Roland Kingworthy, as "Prior Robert" in the 1980s BBC radio dramatisations of "Cadfael", as John Barsad in the radio dramatisation of Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" and most recently as Justice Wargrave in the BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" on 13 November 2010


Kim Novak - In 1980, Novak played Lola Brewster in the British mystery-thriller "The Mirror Crack'd", based on the story by Agatha Christie


Elizabeth Taylor - Taylor starred in the 1980 mystery film "The Mirror Crack'd", based on an Agatha Christie novel


Susanna Reid - Reid appeared as an actress, with Shirley-Anne Field, in Agatha Christie's "Spider's Web" in 1982, and in 1985 alongside Harriet Walter, Peter Barkworth, Adrian Dunbar and Derek Thompson in 'The Price' on Channel 4


Sylvia Miles - She was part of an all-star cast in the 1982 Agatha Christie murder mystery "Evil Under the Sun", portraying a Broadway producer


John Castle - He played Inspector Craddock in the 1985 adaptation of the Agatha Christie story "A Murder is Announced"


Samantha Bond - In 1985, she appeared in the BBC's adaptation of "A Murder is Announced", a Miss Marple novel by Agatha Christie


In the 1986 TV play, "Murder by the Book", Christie herself murdered one of her fictional-turned-real characters, Poirot add something


Margaret Tyzack - She played Clothilde Bradbury-Scott in the BBC adaptation of the Agatha Christie story "Nemesis" in 1987


Joely Richardson - After a leading role in Peter Greenaway's cult success "Drowning by Numbers" , her first major role in front of a mass audience was as Joanna Farley in a 1989 television episode of "Poirot", based on Agatha Christie's detective series


David Suchet - In 1989, he took the title role himself for the long-running television series " Agatha Christie's Poirot"


Anthony Horowitz - His association with murder mysteries began with the adaptation of several Hercule Poirot stories for ITV's popular " Agatha Christie's Poirot" series during the 1990s


Samantha Bond - In 1990, she appeared in the " Agatha Christie's Poirot" television series episode "The Adventure of the Cheap Flat"


David Suchet - His performance as Agatha Christie's famous detective Hercule Poirot in the television series "Poirot" earned him a 1991 British Academy Television *award nomination


Laura Lamson - She continued to specialise in adaptations, writing the screenplays for Gillian Wright's "The Rich Deceiver" in 1995, Peter James' "The Alchemists" in 1999 and Agatha Christie's "Sparkling Cyanide" in 2003


From 8 November 2001 to 24 March 2002, The British Museum had an exhibit named "Agatha Christie and Archaeology: Mystery in Mesopotamia", which presented the secret life of Agatha Christie and the influences of archaeology in her life and works add something


In 2004 the Japanese broadcasting company Nippon H?s? Ky?kai turned Poirot and Marple into animated characters in the anime series "Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple", introducing Mabel West and her duck Oliver as new characters add something


Christie's only child, Rosalind Margaret Hicks, died, aged 85, on 28 October 2004 from natural causes in Torbay, Devon add something


Anthony Howell (actor) - In 2005, Howell starred in Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" in London 's West End


Elaine Paige - Paige focused on television appearances, playing Dora Bunner in the 2005 ITV adaptation of Agatha Christie's "A Murder is Announced" in the "Marple" series, before performing a guest role as a post mistress in "Where the Heart Is"


Miriam Karlin - In 2006, while filming an Agatha Christie television mystery, "By the Pricking of My Thumbs", Karlin was told that she had cancer and that part of her tongue would have to be removed


Euro Comics India began issuing a series of graphic novel adaptations of Christie's work in 2007 add something


HarperCollins independently began issuing this series in 2007 add something


On an edition of "Desert Island Discs" in 2007, Brian Aldiss claimed that Agatha Christie told him that she wrote her books up to the last chapter, decided who the most-unlikely suspect was, after which she would go back and make the necessary changes to "frame" that person add something


Natalie Haynes - Her entries on subjects from Agatha Christie to E F Benson can be found in Cassell's "Little Black Book Of Books", published in 2007


In a recording discovered and released in 2008, Christie revealed the reason for this: "Hercule Poirot, a complete egoist, would not like being taught his business or having suggestions made to him by an elderly spinster lady" add something


Gerald Harper - He toured the country in 2008 as the lead in Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" directed by Joe Harmston for producer Bill Kenwright


Alex Ferns - His theatrical work includes the role of the "tapeworm" in "I.D.", a play about Dimitri Tsafendas and his assassination of South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, the 2008 national tour of Agatha Christie's murder mystery "And Then There Were None", and "Little Shop of Horrors" as the Dentist


Author Jared Cade interviewed numerous witnesses and relatives for his sympathetic biography, "Agatha Christie and the Missing Eleven Days", revised 2011 add something


In 2013, "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" was voted the best crime novel ever by 600 fellow writers of the Crime Writers' Association add something


Mark Lee (actor) - In 2013/2014 he toured Australia in the theatrical production of a play based upon Agatha Christie's "A Murder Is Announced", playing the character of Inspector Craddock


As of 2014, media reports state that the BBC had acquired the exclusive television rights to Christie's works in the UK and plans with Acorn's co-operation to air new productions for the 125th anniversary of Christie's birth in 2015 add something


And Then There Were None - On 15 September of 2015, coinciding with Agatha Christie's 125th birthday, "And Then There Were None" was voted as the "World's Favorite Christie", followed closely by "Murder on the Orient Express" and "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" add something


And Then There Were None - On 15 September 2015, coinciding with Agatha Christie's 125th birthday, "And Then There Were None" was voted as the "World's Favorite Christie", followed closely by "Murder on the Orient Express" and "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" add something


Harefield - In 2015 the building was used as the filming location for the interior of the island mansion in the TV adaptation of Agatha Christie's mystery novel "And Then There Were None"


David Walliams - In 2015, coinciding with the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth, Walliams will star in "Partners in Crime" as Tommy Beresford in two three-part stories of The Secret Adversary and N or M-


Sam Neill - In the 2015 BBC TV miniseries "And there were none", based on Agatha Christie's thriller, he plays the role of General MacArthur


Roy Marsden - He played Commander Haydock in the 2016 adaptation of Agatha Christie's "N or M-", a three-episode part of BBC's "Partners in Crime" serial


Louise Jameson - In 2016, she toured in Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap", the longest running show in British theatre


And Then There Were None - In the 2016 novel "The Baker Street Jurors", a judge takes his barristers and jurors on a site visit to an English resort island, soon to become isolated by bad weather, and the hotel owner mentions the Agatha Christie story to the judge--who responds that he has read the story too, but has no intention of murdering anyone


Michelle Pfeiffer - On September 29, 2016, Pfeiffer was announced to be joining the cast of Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express"


This collectible for Agatha Christie fans was released on 10 Jan 2017 add something


Willem Dafoe - In 2017, Dafoe is set to play Gerhard Hardman in a 2017 film adaptation of Agatha Christie's detective novel "Murder on the Orient Express", directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh


Glenn Close - In October 2017, she co-starred in "Crooked House", a film adaptation of the novel by Agatha Christie


Michelle Pfeiffer - She was part of the ensemble cast of Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express", which was released on November 10, 2017


The three-part adaptation aired in April 2018 add something


A three-part adaptation of "The A.B.C. Murders" starring John Malkovich and Rupert Grint began filming in June 2018 for later broadcast add something


John Malkovich - In June 2018, Malkovich began filming a three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie's "The A.B.C. Murders" co-starring Rupert Grint for BBC television, playing the role of fictional Belgian detective Hercule Poirot