Celebrations surrounding the 100th anniversary of Agatha Christie’s debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, have shed fresh light on the Queen of Crime. The result? A new generation of readers is discovering her twisty tales and macabre mysteries. For us more seasoned Christie fans, there is always something new to learn. Two new PBS specials air this month, each an inside look at the life, times and works of Dame Agatha.
Inside the Mind of Agatha Christie examines her personal history—her loves, her fascinations and a dozen other factors—that shaped her from a lonely society girl to a celebrated writer of the dark and devious. Her upper crust upbringing, her service as a war nurse, her marriage to an archaeologist and more: all are pieces to the elaborate puzzle that reveal the author’s psyche.
Agatha Christie’s England explores how the world around her helped focus her crafty mind on the social events, political intrigues and class differences that colored her work. From her gossipy great aunt in the village of Ealing to the wave of Belgium immigrants following World War I, the history of England itself played a central role to Christie’s life and her books.
Both of these really beautifully done specials are scheduled throughout the next few weeks on local PBS stations. You can also catch them on your favorite streaming device via PBS.org and the PBS Video app.
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