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Masterpiece Mystery: Six Agatha Christies Starting in June

abstract:BookBuffet and PBS Masterpiece WGBH Boston have teamed up to offer you more great book give-away tie-ins for their upcoming Mystery Series. Join our Book & Film Club (instructions follow) and be entered to win free copies of these mystery classics for your summer beach reading. Then regardless of where you are, commencing in June 21st-July 26th, you can still tune in each Sunday to PBS at 9pm ET to catch six television episodes of the world's most popular crime writer, Agatha Christie. (check local listings) "Transcending the mystery genre, Christie remains the most popular novelist in history, with her work appearing in 50 languages in over 70 countries and more than two billion of her books sold to date. Published between 1920 and 1976, her 85 volumes of detective novels and short stories include other sleuths besides Poirot and Miss Marple.


June 04, 2009
— Yet these two are the best loved by far—improbable as they may seem as crime solvers. One is a spat-wearing Belgian refugee; the other is a kindly but keen-eyed spinster," writes WGBH Boston's station editors. There are two new Poirot mysteries, starring 20 year veteran David Suchet, the actor who has come to represent this character to a generation. Add to that four new Marple mysteries, introducing award-winning actress Julia McKenzie (Cranford) as the newest grandmotherly sleuth, who steps into the shoes of a succession of screen Marples, including: Margaret Rutherford, Angela Lansbury, Joan Hickson, and Geraldine McEwan. Says McKenzie, “I’m very excited but also slightly daunted by the enormous responsibility that comes with taking on such an iconic role.” The two series includes a who’s who lineup of top actors, including Joan Collins, Rupert Graves, Matthew MacFadyen , Prunella Scales , Jemma Redgrave, David Haig, and Zoë Wanamaker.Just for fun check out the Spotlight on Mystery an interactive web feature at Masterpiece that captures famous mystery writers from around the globe. See how many you've read or know. Discover new writers in the genre!

Six by Agatha

Here is the schedule line-up. Look for other book to film resources at this Masterpiece link.

Hercule Poirot: “Cat Among the Pigeons”—Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 9pm
Something is amiss at Meadowbank School for Girls, where hidden rubies, kidnapping, and murder disrupt the term. With the killer on the loose and pupils fleeing with frantic parents, only Poirot can save the school from ruin.

Hercule Poirot: “Mrs. McGinty’s Dead” —Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 9pm
A man is about to hang for a brutal murder. But did he do it? Poirot finds an article about missing persons connected to a pair of 30-year-old homicides and concludes that a ghost from the past has returned.

Miss Marple, Series IV: “A Pocket Full of Rye” —Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 9pm
A string of murders is committed by a killer who seems obsessed with the nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence.” Even Miss Marple’s former housekeeper falls victim. Blackbird pie anyone? Miss Marple, Series IV: “Murder is Easy”—Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 9pm A woman on a train tells Miss Marple about a series of perfect murders in her village. When the woman later falls to her death, the grey-haired sleuth vows to get to the bottom of the mysterious string of “accidents.”

Miss Marple, Series IV: “They Do it With Mirrors” —Sunday, July 19, 2009 at 9pm
During rehearsal for an amateur show, the power goes out, commotion ensues, and a murder takes place elsewhere in the house. As witness to the confusion, Miss Marple must decipher the elaborate conjuring trick played by the killer.

Miss Marple, Series IV:“Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?” —Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 9pm
The last words of a dying man lead sole witness Bobby Attfield to team with beautiful socialite Frankie Derwent to find out if foul play was involved. Miss Marple joins them as they land in a hotbed of homicide and intrigue.

Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, Series IV are co-productions of Granada and WGBH/Boston in association with Agatha Christie Limited (A Chorion Company).

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Select: "Invited to join an existing group."
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