Agatha and the Truth of Murder

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Agatha and the Truth of Murder
Genre
  • Crime
  • Mystery
Written byTom Dalton
Starring
Theme music composerAndrew Simon McAllister
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Emily Dalton
  • Tom Dalton
  • Chamoun Issa
Producer(s)Brett Wilson
Production location(s)Northern Ireland
CinematographyDamien Elliott
Editor(s)
  • Claire Pringle
  • Zsófi Tálas
Running time93 Minutes
Production company(s)Darlow Smithson Productions
DistributorKew Media
Release
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]

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Closing credits in alphabetical order.

Production[edit]

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]

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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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