Tales of romance and danger in the glittering 1920s and ’30s.
In these stories, lesser-known Agatha Christie heroes and heroines solve crimes of the heart as well as puzzling cases of larceny and murder. With just the right mix of danger and deception, romance and revenge, innocence and intrigue, these classic adaptations are Agatha Christie at her best.
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Season 1 Ep.01: The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife
Maria Packington’s husband George is making a fool of himself over his young blonde secretary, Nancy. In her unhappiness, Maria turns to Mr. Parker Pyne for professional advice and assistance. Mr. Parker Pyne engages the services of the young and handsome Claude Luttrell, who helps Maria turn the tables on George. George had told Maria to take up a hobby – so she does – dancing the nights away at ‘The Aphrodite’, London’s top nightclub, with Claude in attendance, and wearing a new, expensive and luxuriant wardrobe of beautiful evening gowns, fur wraps and accessories. Unexpectedly, Claude, the hardened lounge lizard, finds himself falling in love with the newly glamourous Maria Packington. A charming love story of an autumn romance from the pen of Agatha Christie.
This ten episode program was based on ten short stories written by Agatha Christie but with wide-ranging themes.
Some were romances, several had supernatural themes, and a couple were youthful adventures. They were set in the England of the nineteen twenties and thirties, and much care was taken to present them as authentically as possible, with great attention to detail.
Their common link was that all came from the talented pen of Agatha Christie, all were entertaining, and each program was carefully crafted and well cast, with many of the best of Britain’s actors represented.
Cast and Crew:
Maurice Denham, Angela Easterling and Christopher Wren
Date Release: 1982
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