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Agatha Christie on the Big and Small Screen

Even though Dame Agatha may not have enjoyed adaptations of her mysteries, audiences have been loving them for decades

The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side (1992)

The Mirror Crackd From Side to Side
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When Joan Hickson appeared in Christie’s 1945 stage version of Appointment With Death, Dame Agatha wrote the actress a note: “I hope you will play my dear Miss Marple.” It took several decades, but starting in 1984 Hickson starred as the elderly detective in a dozen made-for-TV movies produced by the BBC. Hickson retired from the screen in 1993 after an acting career that stretched back to1927. Christie’s 1962 novel about a movie star who is the target of a poisoning had been filmed before as The Mirror Crack’d (1980), with Angela Lansbury as Marple. ITV Studios produced a version in 2010 starring Julia McKenzie, and Walt Disney Pictures has plans for Jennifer Garner to star as a "young" Miss Marple.

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