Agatha and the Truth of Murder

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Agatha and the Truth of Murder
  • Crime
  • Mystery
Written byTom Dalton
Theme music composerAndrew Simon McAllister
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
  • Emily Dalton
  • Tom Dalton
  • Chamoun Issa
Producer(s)Brett Wilson
Production location(s)Northern Ireland
CinematographyDamien Elliott
  • Claire Pringle
  • Zsófi Tálas
Running time93 Minutes
Production company(s)Darlow Smithson Productions
DistributorKew Media
Original networkChannel 5
First shown inUnited Kingdom
Original release23 December 2018 (2018-12-23)
External links
Channel 5 Website
Production 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.[1] Written by Tom Dalton, it depicts Christie investigating the murder of Florence Nightingale's goddaughter (Florence Nightingale Shore)[2] 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.[3]


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.


The script was commissioned at the beginning of June 2018 and the film was greenlit two months later.[citation needed] Filming took place from 2 October to 22 October 2018 in Northern Ireland.[4] Locations included Grey Abbey House in Greyabbey,[5] Royal Belfast Golf Course, and Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.[4] The train scenes were shot at the Downpatrick and County Down Railway,[6] using both Downpatrick station and the Loop Platform, the latter of which was dressed as Polegate Junction.[citation needed]

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.[7] Bradley admitted to feeling pressure playing Christie and used the biography by Laura Thompson (Agatha Christie: An English Mystery, 2007) "like a bible".[8]



Agatha and the Truth of Murder premiered in the UK on Channel 5, on 23 December 2018, at 9 pm.[9]

Home media[edit]

The film was released in Canada and the United States as VOD on Netflix on 31 January 2019.[10][11]


  1. ^ Jackson, Lorne (29 December 2018). "TV review: Agatha & the Truth of Murder". The Herald. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  2. ^ Pietras, Emma (3 December 2018). "NOVEL THEORY From unfaithful husband to missing mother, Agatha Christie's unsolved disappearance like a plot from her own books". The Sun. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  3. ^ Bhavnani, Sanjeev (January 2, 2019). "Channel 5 delivers best ever ABC1 ratings in 2018". Advanced Television. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b "The Truth of Murder". Northern Ireland Screen. 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Grey Abbey House: Northern Ireland stately home with starring role in Agatha Christie drama". Belfast Telegraph. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Stars of silver screen roll in to railway for Agatha Christie film". Down Recorder. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Agatha & The Truth of Murder". Radio Times. December 2018.
  8. ^ "Ruth Bradley felt 'huge pressure' playing Agatha Christie in new drama". Belfast Telegraph. 22 December 2018.
  9. ^ Munn, Patrick (4 December 2018). "Channel 5 Sets Premiere Date For 'Agatha & The Truth Of Murder'". TV Wise.
  10. ^ "Agatha and the Truth of Murder (2018)". NewOnNetflix.Ca. January 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Agatha and the Truth of Murder". New On Netflix–USA–. January 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019.

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