The Agatha Christie Hour Collection DVD

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The Agatha Christie Hour is a collection of ten hour-long dramas based on short stories by the most popular novelist in history. Some were romances some had supernatural themes and a couple were adventures. The common link was that all came from the talented pen of Agatha Christie all were entertaining and each drama was carefully crafted and well cast with many of Britain's best known actors of the time represented. Episodes Comprise: The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife: When Mrs Packington whose husband is paying more attention to his young secretary answers an ad in... the papers reading ARE YOU HAPPY? IF NOT CONSULT MR PARKER PYNE she soon finds herself being dazzled and swept off her feet by the handsome Claude Luttrell. In A Glass Darkly: Matthew Armitage is startled by a vision in his mirror: he sees a man with a scarred neck strangling a beautiful blonde. He later meets the woman in his vision Sylvia and notes her fiance's scarred neck. Mathew tells Sylvia of his premonition and the engagement is broken off. But is that all there is to it? The Case of the Discontented Soldier: The recently retired Major Wilbraham is bored and unhappy so he answers Parker Pyne's newspaper ad. Before long the Major finds himself rescuing Freda Clegg from two burly attackers; with Freda in tow he embarks on a daring adventure to find treasure in the wilds of Africa! Another charming love story of an autumn romance. Magnolia Blossom: Theodora Darrell is running away with her lover - and business associate of her husband - Vincent Easton when she learns her husband Richard is facing financial ruin. Old loyalties resurface and she returns home to see if she can fix the situation. The Mystery of the Blue Jar: Playing golf early one morning Jack Harrington hears a cry Murder! Help! from a nearby cottage. He runs up to find a beautiful French girl Felise placidly weeding the garden oblivious to any disturbance. When the Jack hears the same cries for many days he begins to think he might be mad. But are more sinister forces at work? The Red Signal: Dermot West is invited to dinner at the home of Jack and Claire Trent. The first is his best friend the second the woman he loves. During the evening the conversation turns to the supernatural; Dermot admits he frequently gets what he calls 'the red signal' to warn him of impending danger. He neglects to mention that he is getting the signal strongly that night! Jane in Search of a Job: Jane Cleveland lands a sought-after job as double for the Grand Duchess of Ostrova during the latter's state visit to England. An attempt is feared on the Duchess' life and when Jane is framed for a theft events become ever more complicated. Can she clear her name and who is trying to kill the Duchess? The Manhood of Edward Robinson: Prim and proper yet a romantic dreamer Edward Robinson leads a rather dull life with his domineering girlfriend and uninspiring job. His quiet dull life ends when he wins some money in a newspaper contest and he embarks on an adventure that even he never dreamed of. The Girl in The Train: George Rowland a bored playboy disowned for the seventh time by his wealthy uncle is on the train to London. When a beautiful girl bursts into his compartment frantically begging to be hidden his life changes dramatically. The Fourth Man: A canon a lawyer and a psychiatrist find themselves together on a train bound for Newcastle. There is a fourth man in the compartment who apparently pays no attention to his companions' animated conversation. [show more]

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10 May 2010
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. The Agatha Christie Hour is a collection of ten hour-long dramas based on short stories by the most popular novelist in history. Some were romances, some had supernatural themes and a couple were adventures. The common link was that all came from the talented pen of Agatha Christie, all were entertaining and each drama was carefully crafted and well cast with many of Britain's best known actors of the time represented. Episodes Comprise: The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife: When Mrs Packington, whose husband is paying more attention to his young secretary, answers an ad in the papers reading, ARE YOU HAPPY? IF NOT, CONSULT MR PARKER PYNE, she soon finds herself being dazzled and swept off her feet by the handsome Claude Luttrell. In A Glass Darkly: Matthew Armitage is startled by a vision in his mirror: he sees a man with a scarred neck strangling a beautiful blonde. He later meets the woman in his vision, Sylvia, and notes her fiance's scarred neck. Mathew tells Sylvia of his premonition, and the engagement is broken off. But is that all there is to it? The Case of the Discontented Soldier: The recently retired Major Wilbraham is bored and unhappy so he answers Parker Pyne's newspaper ad. Before long the Major finds himself rescuing Freda Clegg from two burly attackers; with Freda in tow, he embarks on a daring adventure to find treasure in the wilds of Africa! Another charming love story of an autumn romance. Magnolia Blossom: Theodora Darrell is running away with her lover - and business associate of her husband - Vincent Easton, when she learns her husband Richard is facing financial ruin. Old loyalties resurface and she returns home to see if she can fix the situation. The Mystery of the Blue Jar: Playing golf early one morning, Jack Harrington hears a cry, "Murder! Help!" from a nearby cottage. He runs up to find a beautiful French girl, Felise, placidly weeding the garden, oblivious to any disturbance. When the Jack hears the same cries for many days he begins to think he might be mad. But are more sinister forces at work? The Red Signal: Dermot West is invited to dinner at the home of Jack and Claire Trent. The first is his best friend, the second, the woman he loves. During the evening the conversation turns to the supernatural; Dermot admits he frequently gets what he calls 'the red signal' to warn him of impending danger. He neglects to mention that he is getting the signal strongly that night! Jane in Search of a Job: Jane Cleveland lands a sought-after job as double for the Grand Duchess of Ostrova during the latter's state visit to England. An attempt is feared on the Duchess' life and when Jane is framed for a theft, events become ever more complicated. Can she clear her name and who is trying to kill the Duchess? The Manhood of Edward Robinson: Prim and proper, yet a romantic dreamer, Edward Robinson, leads a rather dull life with his domineering girlfriend and uninspiring job. His quiet, dull life ends when he wins some money in a newspaper contest and he embarks on an adventure that even he never dreamed of. The Girl in The Train: George Rowland, a bored playboy, disowned for the seventh time by his wealthy uncle, is on the train to London. When a beautiful girl bursts into his compartment frantically begging to be hidden, his life changes dramatically. The Fourth Man: A canon, a lawyer and a psychiatrist find themselves together on a train bound for Newcastle. There is a fourth man in the compartment, who apparently pays no attention to his companions' animated conversation. Actors Maurice Denham, Gwen Watford, Peter Jones, Nicholas Clay, Emma Piper, Jonathan Morris, William Gaunt, Patricia Garwood, Ralph Bates & Jeremy Clyde Certificate 12 years and over Year 1982 Screen Fullscreen 1.33:1 Languages English Subtitles English Duration 8 hours and 35 minutes (approx)

All ten episodes of the early 1980s BBC drama series based on the short stories of crime writer Agatha Christie. In 'Magnolia Blossom', Theodora Darrell (Ciaran Madden) is set to elope to South Africa with her lover - and business associate of her husband - Vincent Easton (Ralph Bates). But when she learns that her uncaring husband Richard (Jeremy Clyde) is facing financial ruin, old loyalties resurface and she returns home. In 'The Case of the Discontented Soldier' the recently retired Major John Wilbraham (William Gaunt), bored with civilian life, answers an advertisement placed by a Mr Parker Pyne (Maurice Denham) promising an adventure. Before long he finds himself rescuing Freda Clegg (Patricia Garwood) from two burly attackers and embarking on a daring adventure to find treasure in the wilds of Africa. In 'The Girl in the Train', dissolute playboy George Rowland (Osmund Bullock), disowned for the seventh time by his wealthy uncle, is on the train to London when a beautiful girl bursts into his compartment frantically begging to be hidden, gives George a mysterious parcel and disappears. But who is the girl in the train, and will George ever see her again? In 'The Fourth Man', a canon, a lawyer and a psychiatrist find themselves together on a train bound for Newcastle. There is a fourth man in the compartment, who apparently pays no attention to the animated conversation of his fellow travellers. But might they have something to learn from this mysterious stranger? In 'Jane in Search of a Job', Jane Cleveland (Elizabeth Garvie) lands a job as double for the Grand Duchess of Ostrova during the latter's state visit to England. But events become complicated when an attempt is feared on the Duchess's life and Jane finds herself framed for theft. Can she clear her name and find out who is trying to kill the Duchess? In 'The Manhood of Edward Robinson', mousy clerk Edward Robinson (Nicholas Farrell), who is engaged to the dominating, penny-pinching Maud (Ann Thornton), wins a substantial sum of money in a magazine competition and blows it on a sports car, which he drives to Brighton. On the way he meets Lady Noreen (Cherie Lunghi), a glamorous jewel thief who involves him in a plot to steal a valuable necklace. In 'The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife' Maria Packington (Gwen Watford) is dismayed that her husband George (Peter Jones) has been paying more attention to his young secretary than to her. When she answers an newspaper advertisement , she soon finds herself swept off her feet by the handsome Claude Luttrell (Rupert Frazer). 'In a Glass Darkly' stars Nicholas Clay as Matthew Armitage, a weekend house guest at an engagement party. While there, he is alarmed by a vision he sees in his mirror of a man with a scarred neck strangling Sylvia (Emma Piper), the daughter of the house. He tells Sylvia of his premonition, and she breaks off the engagement - but is that really all there is to it? In 'The Mystery of the Blue Jar', trainee solicitor Jack Hartingdon (Robin Kermode) hears a woman's voice crying for help while playing golf. When local resident Felise (Isabelle Spade) claims that she too has heard the voice and seen the ghost of a murdered woman holding a blue jar, Jack's friend Dr Lavington (Michael Aldridge) arranges a seance in Felise's cottage. But is there really a ghost - or is Jack the victim of a cunning trick? In 'The Red Signal', Dermot West (Richard Morant) is invited to dinner at the home of Jack and Claire Trent (Christopher Cazenove and Joanna David) along with his famous psychiatrist uncle, Sir Alington West (Badel). When the doctor is mysteriously killed following a conversation about supernatural forces and premonitions, Dermot finds himself a prime suspect along with his best friend's wife, Claire, with whom he is secretly in love.