Agatha and the Truth of Murder
|Agatha and the Truth of Murder|
|Written by||Tom Dalton|
|Theme music composer||Andrew Simon McAllister|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Production location(s)||Northern Ireland|
|Running time||93 Minutes|
|Production company(s)||Darlow Smithson Productions|
|Original network||Channel 5|
|First shown in||United Kingdom|
|Original release||23 December 2018|
|Channel 5 Website|
Agatha and the Truth of Murder is a 2018 British alternative history drama film about crime writer Agatha Christie becoming embroiled in a real-life murder case during her 11-day disappearance in 1926. Written by Tom Dalton, it depicts Christie investigating the murder of Florence Nightingale's goddaughter (Florence Nightingale Shore) and how her involvement in this case influenced her subsequent writing. The film premiered on Channel 5 in the United Kingdom on 23 December 2018; becoming the network's most popular program of the holiday season and the second-highest rated fictional program of the year.
In 1926, Agatha Christie finds herself in a difficult place when her writing is thwarted by predictable plotlines and her unfaithful husband pushes her for a divorce she does not want. As she searches for an alternative creative route to revive her novel development, she is approached by a woman, Mabel Rogers, seeking help in solving the murder of her partner, Florence Nightingale Shore, who had been bludgeoned on a train. Though initially reluctant to facilitate a private investigation, Christie goes undercover while the nation searches for her whereabouts. She soon finds herself taken to a new story with real characters and tangible danger.
Closing credits in alphabetical order.
- Dean Andrews as Wade
- Ruth Bradley as Agatha Christie
- Bebe Cave as Daphne
- Amelia Rose Dell as Rosalind
- Richard Doubleday as Postmaster Wilson
- Derek Halligan as Mr. Todd
- Blake Harrison as Travis Pickford
- Pippa Haywood as Mabel Rogers
- Stacha Hicks as Florence Nightingale Shore
- Ralph Ineson as Detective Inspector Dicks
- Brian McCardie as Sir Hugh Persimmion
- Michael McElhatton as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Tim McInnerny as Randolph
- Clare McMahon as Carlo
- Liam McMahon as Archie
- Seamus O'Hara as PC Spencer
- Luke Pierre as Zaki Hanachi
- Joshua Silver as Franklin
- Samantha Spiro as Pamela
The script was commissioned at the beginning of June 2018 and the film was greenlit two months later. Filming took place from 2 October to 22 October 2018 in Northern Ireland. Locations included Grey Abbey House in Greyabbey, Royal Belfast Golf Course, and Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. The train scenes were shot at the Downpatrick and County Down Railway, using both Downpatrick station and the Loop Platform, the latter of which was dressed as Polegate Junction.
Agatha and the Truth of Murder was produced by Brett Wilson and directed by Terry Loane, and stars Ruth Bradley in the eponymous role of Agatha Christie. Bradley admitted to feeling pressure playing Christie and used the biography by Laura Thompson (Agatha Christie: An English Mystery, 2007) "like a bible".
Agatha and the Truth of Murder premiered in the UK on Channel 5, on 23 December 2018, at 9 pm.
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