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Anyone watching the Agatha Christie on BBC 1?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Lascarina, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I'm really enjoying it. It has had me howling with laughter.
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  2. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    Ten Little Somethings? Why the cluck they split it into three episodes defeats me. Almost everyone who's going to watch it has read the book and already knows the end. There's no suspense to crank up! And what's with the swearing?
  3. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    No - after the David Walliams' Partners in Crime (or was that ITV) where they set it in the 1950s (The Secret Adversary was published in 1922 and the actual Partners in Crime book, published in 1929) - I do like him, but was very disappointed with the adaptation (same characters, but everything else not right).

    I love Agatha Christie and even have some first editions from the 1930s (none signed, alas, but I think it too late now) - love Joan Hickson in the Marples and some of the other adaptations....

    Is this one any good?
  4. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Might give it a go on iPlayer... Charles Dance is always worth a look [although not always a second look]
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  5. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    I've been watching and quite enjoying it but not utterly thrilled, iyswim.
  6. cuteinpuce

    cuteinpuce Star commenter

    I think it's great. The location is wonderfully menacing, excellent casting (Charles Dance does remarkable things with the blandest of lines) and the story moves right along.

    I read the book in the distant past and I can remember how it works out in general, but I can't recall who the actual murderer is. I feel sympathetic towards the companion woman who allowed a child to be drowned so I expect it was her.
  7. PussyGraves

    PussyGraves Occasional commenter

    Why is it funny?
  8. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I'm enjoying it.
  9. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

  10. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    I'm saving it up! Aiden Turner is worth several loooong looks!
  11. lardylady

    lardylady Star commenter

    Especially when wearing just a towel slung low around his hips.
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  12. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Ooooh don't! I shall be unable to concentrate on the plot! Still prefer the Poldark look though.
  13. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Think it's pretty gloomy for a Christmas "treat". Nothing seems to be happening apart from the killings (!). The characters don't seem to be developing, but I was only half watching so perhaps I missed things.
  14. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I have been deeply unimpressed with the BBC's offerings this Christmas. I would like my licence-fee back, please.
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  15. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I think cardboard characters are a feature of Christie's stories. But the facial expressions are hilarious.
  16. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    It's a gift if you're an actor who wants a bit of Christmas HAM.

    Your agent calls you. "The BBC want you to bring some real HAM to this role. Do you think you could, Charles? Super!"
  17. cuteinpuce

    cuteinpuce Star commenter

    I wouldn't describe Charles Dance's acting on the show as hammy.
  18. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    There's that and the swearing but only a hint of stocking tops.
  19. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    I saw this at the theatre earlier in the year. It's not something i'd have chosen but I did really enjoy it.

    The bbc version is nowhere near as good - is that just because tv can't beat live theatre or is the the beeb (to steal the phrase above) hamming it up? All the flashbacks which in live theatre are left to your imagination, the ridiculous sound effects at times and the close-ups as we get to scrutinise the faces of the characters - especially Charles Dance. It's the lack of subtlety that spoils it for me, I think.
    aspensquiver likes this.
  20. aspensquiver

    aspensquiver Star commenter


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