Hear Agatha Christie speak in exclusive audio clip of her private dictaphone tapes

Audio of the Queen of Crime reflecting on her life and career will be heard for the first time in a Radio 4 Extra programme airing on Boxing Day

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Millions of you have read her novels and seen the TV adaptations. But you probably have no idea what Agatha Christie sounded like.

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Well, here’s your chance to find out. RadioTimes.com has gained exclusive access to this audio clip of the queen of murder mysteries making personal dictaphone recordings.

Sections of the tapes, which were made when she was writing her autobiography and have never been broadcast before, will be heard in a Radio 4 Extra special, Agatha Christie: Speaking Her Own Words.

The programme will also feature fresh interviews with Christie’s grandson Mathew Prichard, who also features on our clip.

Dame Agatha will be a strong BBC presence this Christmas with BBC1’s And Then There Were None starring Aidan Turner airing on Boxing Day and Radio 4 airing an archive 1975 profile, The Mysterious Dame Agatha Christie, featuring Richard Attenborough.

The station will also broadcast a recently-rediscovered Hercule Poirot drama Murder in the Mews which was first tarnsmitted on the BBC Light Programme in 1955.

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Agatha Christie: Speaking Her Own Words airs on Radio 4 Extra on Boxing Day at 7:25am and 5:25pm