Dame Agatha left us more than Marple and Poirot. This collection of classic stories spotlights lesser-known Christie heroes and heroines solving crimes of the heart as well as larceny and murder. Set in the glittering 1920s and '30s, seen on PBS's Mystery! in the '80s, it features a top-notch ensemble cast including John Nettles (Midsomer Murders), James Grout (Inspector Morse), and Maurice Denham (Behaving Badly) as the incomparable Parker Pyne. 5 episodes; approx. 257 min. on 2 DVDs. SDH subtitles.
Episode 1: The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife
Suspecting her husband of having an affair, a housewife pays a visit to Parker Pyne, a self-proclaimed expert in happiness. Part of his unusual treatment includes introducing her to a young French beau.
Episode 2: In a Glass Darkly
At an engagement party for a friend's sister, an army officer has a disturbing vision--and warns the young woman against the marriage. After returning from World War I, he finds her again and realizes the true meaning of his prophecy.
Episode 3: The Girl in the Train
After losing his job, a young investment broker seeks some adventure in his life. He finds it on a train to Portsmouth when a beautiful blonde darts into his compartment and entangles him in international intrigue.
Episode 4: The Fourth Man
On the night train from London to Scotland, a lawyer, a clergyman, and a doctor discuss a celebrated case of multiple personalities. When a fourth traveler joins their compartment, he makes them question everything they once believed.
Episode 5: The Case of the Discontented Soldier
An army major returned from life abroad feels restless and bored in his new English village. He consults Parker Pyne to find the excitement and danger missing from his life--plus a little something extra.
- Biography of Agatha Christie and Parker Pyne: Before Poirot
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 257 minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3