World Exclusive Agatha Christie Event in Torquay, Devon

PUBLISHED: 11:16 16 September 2011 | UPDATED: 20:00 20 February 2013

Mathew Prichard, David Fitzgerald

Mathew Prichard, David Fitzgerald

Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie's grandson presented The Art of Adapting Agatha Christie for the first time, with a panel of experts Trevor Bowen, Nick Dear & John Curran at Torquay's Spanish Barn. The evening was introduced by David Fitzgerald.

Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie's grandson presented The Art of Adapting Agatha Christie for the first time, with a panel of experts Trevor Bowen, Nick Dear & John Curran at Torquay's Spanish Barn in Torre Abbey. The evening was introduced by David Fitzgerald.

The well-attended evening included film clips of Agatha Christie adaptations, both good and bad and the expert panellists gave an interesting insight to the assembled Agatha Christie fans.

Mathew Prichard said that his grandmother did not, in general, like adaptations but she never saw David Suchet play Poirot or Joan Hickson play Miss Marple which he felt she would have loved.

The English Riviera is a renowned Agatha Christie destination with her holiday home at Greenway and the famous Agatha Christie Trail and Agatha Christie Mile giving fans a chance to see the places Agatha Christie loved and some of the places that featured in her books.

However, this is the first time that the Bay has received such a panel to discuss the adaptation of her work. The illustrious experts includedTrevor Bowen, who adapted the Joan Hickson Miss Marple series; Nick Dear, writer for the recent Poirot/Marple series; and John Curran, author of Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks and Murder in the Making. (Click on the photos to enlarge)

There was also a presentation of the 'world's biggest book' during the evening. The English Riviera Tourism Company teamed up with Agatha Christie Ltd, HarperCollins, John Curran (author of Agatha Christies Secret Notebooks) and Great British Life to offer the chance to win the worlds biggest book, Agatha Christies magnificent leather-bound volume The Complete Miss Marple, to celebrate the Agatha Christie Festival. The winner was not present but lives in Derbyshire and the book will be sent on.

More About Agatha Christie Week

The world-famous annualAgatha Christie Festivaltakes place on the English Riviera in South Devon, from11th-18th September 2011. This spectacular annual festival celebrates the worlds greatest crime fiction writer, Dame Agatha Christie and her best-known detectives, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. The Agatha Christie Festival is always a huge success and is expected to draw a large number of amateur sleuths to Devon from all over the world.

Fans will enjoy exclusive visits to her holiday home at Greenway, vintage bus rides, murder mystery dinners, tea dances, garden parties and more, while Agatha ChristiesVerdictcomes to the Princess Theatre, produced by the Agatha Christie Theatre Company. The festival began with the now traditional Agatha Christie Fte, on Sunday 11th, where stall holders will dress in their 1920s/30s finery and where the days entertainment included live music, magic, Punch and Judy and dancing.

Visitors can enjoy the newAgatha Christie Trailbased on the 20 special places that inspired her life and works across the English Riviera and South Devon.

Plus, the famousAgatha Christie Milealong Torquays seafront takes people to some of the additional places that were so special to her in her younger years including: Princess Pier where she enjoyed roller-skating, Beacon Cove where she was a regular swimmer and the Victorian Pavilion where she loved to dance.

The festival draws to a close on Sunday 18th September with a special Cream Tea Day at Cockington Court, Torquay, and the Agatha Christie Swim in aid of Devon Air Ambulance, taking place at Broadsands Beach. Cockington Church will show screenings of the recently-adapted ITV production ofWhy Didnt They Ask Evansstarring Julia McKenzie as Miss Marple and there will be a showing of Thirteen at Dinner at the Apollo Cinema at which John Curran will be present.

The Agatha Christie Festival runs from 11th-18th September 2011 with a packed programme of events. For more details, visit or call 0844 474 22 33.

For more information about Agatha Christie please visit

The Agatha Christie Festival is supported by English Riviera Tourism Company

Photos by Anita Newcombe

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