Agatha Christie: How Did She Do It (1986)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom  |  
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Synopsis by Sarah Welsh

To mystery fans around the world, there is really only one name: Dame Agatha Christie. By constantly tackling new challenges and breaking all the conventions of her genre, Christie created unforgettable characters, virtually perfected the drawing-room murder mystery, and became the best-selling novelist in history. Through all her labyrinthine plots and last-page twists, however, the biggest mystery has always been the woman herself. In this fascinating documentary film, Christie biographer Janet Morgan explores what might have motivated the young girl from Devon to take up a career as a writer, as well as how she acquired the technical and moral knowledge necessary to her craft. Interviews with renowned critics and historians, archival footage of Christie's family life, and excerpts from her novels, plays, and film adaptations complete this portrait of a skilled master.