Agatha Christie at Christmas: your complete guide to what’s on when

Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Witness for the Prosecution - it's all here!

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If you’re a fan of the Queen of Crime, then consider yourself catered for. Because the schedulers have managed to include an Agatha Christie whodunnit on every day of the Christmas holidays.

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There are Miss Marple mysteries starring Joan Hickson (AKA the one we all agree is how Miss Marple ought to be).

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There’s a Miss Marple film starring Margaret Rutherford (AKA the one we all agree is nothing like Miss Marple)

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There’s Death on the Nile starring Peter Ustinov (AKA the one where the brilliant Angela Lansbury acts drunk the whole time)

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And, of course, BBC1’s brand-new two-part The Witness for the Prosecution (AKA the one we all hope will be as good as the one with Marlene Dietrich).

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So, for all you amateur sleuths, here’s the full timetable of murder and mayhem:

Saturday 17 December

The Agatha Christie Hour – 7.10am, Drama

Miss Marple: double bill with Joan Hickson. Murder at the Vicarage/Sleeping Murder. From 11.00am, Drama

Agatha Christie: a Life in Pictures – 3.00pm, Drama

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – 3.20pm, 12.50am, ITV Encore

Film: Ten Little Indians – 5.00pm, Drama

Film: Murder Most Foul – 7.00pm, Drama

Sunday 18 December

Agatha Christie’s Marple – 11.45am/5.55pm, ITV3

Miss Marple – 11.00am, Drama

Film: Ten Little Indians – 3.00pm, Drama

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – 4.50pm/6.55pm, ITV Encore

Film: Murder Most Foul 5.00pm, Drama

Miss Marple – Nemesis – 7.00pm, Drama

Monday 19 December

Agatha Christie’s Marple  – 1.55pm/7.00pm, ITV3

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – Death on the Nile – 6.50pm, ITV Encore

Tuesday 20 December

Agatha Christie’s Marple – 8.30am/2.10pm/7.00pm, ITV3

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – 12 noon/6.55pm, ITV Encore

Wednesday 21 December

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – 12.05pm, ITV Encore

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – After the Funeral – 6.55pm, ITV Encore

Agatha Christie’s Marple – 2.00pm/7.00pm – ITV3

Thursday 22 December

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – 11.55am, ITV Encore

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – 4.35pm, ITV Encore

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – Wasp’s Nest – 6.50pm, ITV Encore

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – Cards on the Table – 8.00pm, ITV Encore

Agatha Christie’s Marple – 1.55pm/7.00pm

Friday 23 December

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – 8.05am/12.05pm, ITV Encore

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – Taken at the Flood – 6.55pm, ITV Encore

Agatha Christie’s Marple – 10.35am, ITV3

Agatha Christie’s Marple – By the Pricking of My Thumbs – 7.00pm, ITV3

Christmas Eve

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – Murder on the Orient Express – 9.00pm, ITV Encore

Miss Marple – a whole day of Joan Hickson-starring episodes, 7.00am until 3.00am, Alibi

Christmas Day

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – Hercule Poirot’s Christmas – 6.45pm, ITV Encore

Boxing Day

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – triple bill – 1.25pm, ITV Encore

Agatha Christie’s Marple – 2.00pm, ITV3

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – Mrs McGinty’s Dead – 6.55pm, ITV Encore

Agatha Christie’s Marple – The Sittaford Mystery – 7.00pm, ITV3

The Witness for the Prosecution – 9.00pm, BBC1

Tuesday 27 December

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – 8.05am/12.20pm/4.45pm/2.05am, ITV Encore

Film: Death on the Nile – 9.15am, ITV3

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – Cat Among the Pigeons – 7.00pm, ITV Encore

Agatha Christie’s Marple – 2.05am, ITV3

The Witness for the Prosecution – 9.00pm, BBC1

Wednesday 28 December

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – 8.05am/12.15pm/4,45pm/1.00am, ITV Encore

Agatha Christie’s Sparking Cyanide – 10.10am/1.00am, ITV3

Agatha Christie’s Marple – 2.05pm, ITV3

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – The Clocks – 7.00pm, ITV3

Film: Agatha – 2.45am, ITV3

Thursday 29 December 

Agatha Christie’s Marple – 7.55am, ITV3

Film: Agatha – 12.05pm, ITV3

Agatha Christie’s Marple – 2.05pm, ITV3

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – 8.00am/12.30pm/4.45pm, ITV Encore

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – Three Act Tragedy – 7.00pm, ITV Encore

Friday 30 December

Agatha Christie’s Marple – double bill – 10.10am – ITV3

Agatha Christie’s Poirot – 8.00am, 12.20pm, 4.45pm – ITV Encore

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Agatha Christie’s Poirot – Halloween Party – 7.00pm – ITV Encore