Agatha Christie: 100 Years of Poirot and Miss Marple

BRITBOX TO CELEBRATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF AGATHA CHRISTIE’S FIRST PUBLISHED NOVEL WITH LAUNCH OF DOCUMENTARY

AGATHA CHRISTIE: 100 YEARS OF POIROT AND MISS MARPLE

BritBox expands its collection of quality programming, partnering with Abacus Media Rights on a documentary commemorating the 100thAnniversary of Agatha Christie’s first novel. Premiering October 10 on BritBox in the U.S. and on Channel 5 in the UK, Agatha Christie: 100 Years of Poirot and Miss Marple explores the influences and impact of history’s most published author.

Already home of the largest collection of Agatha Christie stories in North America, BritBox will celebrate the centennial of Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, with an exclusive documentary, Agatha Christie: 100 Years of Poirot and Miss Marple .The film examines 10 of Christie’s most beloved novels, discusses her writing influences and delves into one of pop culture’s most famous protagonists, Christie’s fictional detective, Hercule Poirot. A Honey Bee production for Channel 5. Executive produced by Ed Taylor and Ros Edwards and directed by Sean Davison. International distribution by Abacus Media Rights.

Featuring interviews from New York Times best-selling author Anthony Horowitz, actors Hugh Fraser (Poirot) and Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey) and Christie’s great-grandson James Prichard, the detailed documentary analyzes Christie’s inspirations and the importance of the settings for each of the following novels: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Murder on the Orient Express, Murder at the VicarageDeath on the NileAnd Then There Were None, Five Little Pigs, A Murder is Announced, The Pale Horse, and Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case. 

The streamer has been expanding its Christie Collection since May with the addition of at least one new Christie title each month. In addition to this documentary in October, BritBox will add film adaptations: Agatha, Alphabet Murders, Murder at the Gallop, Murder Most Foul, and Murder, She Said as well as a radio documentary entitled Agatha Christie – Speaking Her Own Words, a collection of Christie reading from her own journals and discussing her life and works.

“Agatha Christie” ambigram

Hey everyone, I bet you thought I’d disappeared forever. Well, like many people, these past five or so months have been really hard on me, and the isolation that is COVID-19 is only a small part of it. Depression and personal issues have been weighing me down badly… BUT… I do have an ambigram to share with you.  🙂  I have a gallery show of ambigrams coming up next month, so that has more or less forced me to work on a couple of things. This particular ambigram is one I created quite awhile ago, but I decided to make a proper painting out of it (8″x10″, acrylic). So here you go…

Poirot Scrabble

Mysterious things can happen in these days of quarantine…

“An interesting study in the laws of probability,” said Poirot. “The mathematical chances against that happening would be high, I fancy.”
-Sad Cypress

Poirot Gourmet: Liège waffles

I know, it’s been ages since I blogged. So much theatre stuff has been happening lately! But I’m here now with an edition of “Poirot Gourmet” that I’ve been meaning to post for awhile (I’ve got a couple posts in reserve). Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

I recently found a box of Belgian waffles (Mountain Waffle Co.) that specify Liège as their origin. Not to be passed up!

Toast them up, add some imported Sirop de Liège (one of the region’s specialities) and a glass of orange juice, and you’re in gourmet breakfast heaven! There is so much sugar in this picture, it is not difficult to understand why Poirot had a sweet tooth.  😉 Liège waffles have pearl sugar and are HEAVY– you can eat just one and be full!

Did you know that Brussels waffles are significantly different from the Liège kind? Here’s an interesting blog post about it.

A cool new Poirot gift and… Sherlock Holmes??

It is very bad of me… I haven’t posted here for ages. I skipped the whole month of October! It’s been a hectic time, as Flatlands Theatre Company has just finished up their performances of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol. I was playing the role of the Second Spirit (the Ghost of Christmas Present), as well as leading some caroling, taking a role in set movements, making cast party favors, and painting like crazy to get some artwork for the foyer together (as per request). I am only starting to recover now.  LOL  But it was a great time! A little more on the artwork below, but first…

I wanted to share with you the awesome thing that my friend Eva made for me with her vinyl-cutting craft machine! (Shown also with English toffee M&Ms!) Isn’t it cool?

If you remember the little wooden shelf with the miniature “books” that I made four years ago, Eva and her husband John were the ones who I gave plans to for the shelf, the pieces of which they cut out for me with their laser cutter.  🙂 She’s one of my Poirot-viewing buddies.

Anyway, about Sherlock Holmes, which might be of interest to some of you detective mystery fans out there… In the interests of our play, I’d finished reading through the Sherlock Holmes canon and was watching some of Jeremy Brett’s interpretation of the character. One of my Facebook friends posted a photo of him in the role and said I should paint it, so I did. (It’s a one-off; I’m not going “fan art crazy” on Holmes like I have on Poirot).  😉   The house manager of our play happened to see it and asked if I’d like to show artwork in the foyer of the concert hall while the play was on. I’d already sketched some ambigrams on the theme of the play (as is my usual wont) so I decided to paint up some finished pieces. I also did portraits of two of the cast members– our own Holmes and Watson– and some of my paper snowflake cutouts. Want to see?

Conor Adrian as Sherlock Holmes. Sorry if some of these photos are a little bit blurry!

Eric Buhr as Dr. Watson.

Here’s the painting of Jeremy Brett’s Holmes.

These are two rotational ambigrams that read “Sherlock Holmes” and “Dr. Watson.” Flip them over and the image is identical. 🙂

Since this play WAS a mashup with the Dickens story… here’s a mirror-image ambigram of “A Christmas Carol.” The painting has bilateral symmetry.

Just to get one more Christmas image in there… a rotational ambigram of “Silent Night.” 🙂

My personal favorite of the snowflake cutouts is this one of a poison bottle, which I designed way back when I was doing Poirot-themed snowflakes. 🙂 The trick to this sort of cutout is using a combination of radial and bilateral symmetry to obtain the whole image.

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^^And one of the cast party favors!! 🙂

I’m so behind on blogging here– there’s the new Suchet photo book, and a Poirot Gourmet to rock your socks off. Stay tuned!

Identifying a picture in Miss Lemon’s office

Sometimes it can be difficult to get a clear view of some of the artwork in the series, particularly if your aim is to identify them. But fear not– David Hart has been at it again. 🙂  This time he’s managed to track down an image in Miss Lemon’s office. Here’s a relatively good view of the picture from the episode How Does Your Garden Grow?

The verdict? It’s a painting called “Sussex Landscape” by English Modernist, Paul Nash.

We couldn’t find much additional info about the picture, but in the interests of finding some sort of Poirot connection, it may be worth mentioning that Nash was best known as a war artist and spent a good deal of his energy and passion into documenting the horrors he saw in Belgium during WWI.

Great job, David, on spotting this!!