‘Liar!’ Charles Laughton in the brilliant ‘Witness for the Prosecution

Here is a quick run-through of some of the Christie highlights on UK terrestrial TV from Christmas Day until New Years Day. If you have access to streaming sites such as Britbox you can search for a wider variety but it is far more fun to sit down and enjoy something at the same time as others … 

December 29 – 31 look particularly enticing. I haven’t included all the Suchet Poirots (apart from Hercule Poirot’s Christmas) because they are dotted all over the place, usually in the early hours of the morning. Otherwise, apart from Lucy Worsley’s documentary series about AC, all the productions are either Hickson Marples or feature films; the Orient Express is the good (Finney) version.  It is strange that the Drama Channel has ditched Nemesis, At Bertram’s Hotel, Sleeping Murder and The Murder at the Vicarage from its Marple series – they are amongst the best.

ITV3            Hercule Poirot’s Christmas                      at 21:00
Drama       The Body in the Library                            at  17:00

December 27th
Channel 5  Murder at the Gallop                                at 9:20
Drama        The Moving Finger                                    at 19:00

December 28th
Drama        A Pocketful of Rye                                     at 19:00

December 29th
BBC2           Agatha Christie – Lucy Worsley part 1    at 13:25
BBC2           Evil Under the Sun                                    at 14:25
BBC2           Death on the Nile                                      at 16:15
Drama         4:50 from Paddington                              at 19:00

December 30th
BBC2           Lucy Worsley part 2                                  at 13:25
BBC2           Witness for the Prosecution                    at 14:30
BBC2           Murder on the Orient Express                at 16:25
Drama         A Caribbean Mystery                                at 16:50
Drama         They do it with Mirrors                             at 19:10

December 31
BBC 2          Lucy Worsley part 3                                   at 9:15
Drama        A Murder is Announced                            at 15:20
Drama        The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side     at 18:45