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Agatha Christie
Towards Zero

To Robert Graves
Since you are kind enough to say you like my stories, I venture to dedicate this book to you. All I ask is that you should sternly restrain your critical faculties (doubtless sharpened by your recent excesses in that line!) when reading it
This is a story for your pleasure and not a candidate for Mr. Graves' literary pillory!

Your frend, Agatha Christie 

First Published

UK
Collins, London, Jul. 1944
US
Dodd Mead, New York, Jun. 1944
Collier's Weekly, May.6-20 1944 as 'Come and Be Hanged'

Plot

(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

What is the connection between a failed suicide attempt, a wrongful accusation of theft against a schoolgirl, and the romantic life of a famous tennis player?

To the casual observer, apparently nothing. But when a houseparty gathers at Gull's Point, the seaside home of an elderly widow, earlier events come to a dramatic head.

Contents

Prologue: November 19th
"Open the Door and Here are the People"
Snow White and Red Rose
A fine Italian Hand
Zero Hour

Characters

Mary Aldin, Miss Amphrey, Susperintendent Battle, Sylvia Battle, Load Cornelly, Detective Sergeant Jones, Ted Latimer, Inspector James Leach, Andrew MacWhirter, Olive Parsons, Thomas Royde, Andrey Strange, Kay Strange, Nevile Strange, Lady Camilla Tressilian, Mr. Treves

Play

Towards Zero
dramatised by herself and Gerald Verner
at the St.James's Theatre, London, 1956.
Presented by Peter Saunders at the St James's Theatre, London, on 4th September 1956, with the following cast of characters:
(in the order of their appearance)
THOMAS ROYDECyril Raymond
KAY STRANGEMary Law
MARY ALDINGillian Lind
MATHEW TREVESFrederick Leister
NEVILE STRANGEGeorge Baker
LADY TRESSILIANJanet Barrow
AUDREY STRANGEGwen Cherrell
TED LATIMERMichael Scott
SUPERINTENDENT BATTLEWilliam Kendall
INSPECTOR LEACHMax Brimmell
PC BENSONMichael Nightingale
Directed by Murray MacDonald
Decor by Michael Weight

Film & TV Dramas

Towards Zero, 2007
Agatha Christie's MARPLE Season 3
director David Grindley
writer Kevin Elyot
cast Geraldine McEwan(Miss Jane Marple), Julian Sands(Thomas Royde), Zoe Tapper(Kay Strange), Paul Nicholls(Ted Latimer), Greg Wise(Neville Strange), Saffron Burrowes(Audrey Strange), Tom Baker(Frederick Treves), Eileen Atkins(Lady Tressilian), Julie Graham(Mary Aldin)
L'Heure zéro, 2007 (FR)
director Pascal Thomas
writer François Caviglioli
cast François Morel, Danielle Darrieux, Melvil Poupaud, Laura Smet, Chiara Mastroianni, Alessandra Martines, Clçément Thomas, Xavier Thiam, Hervçé Pierre, Vania Plemiannikov, Jacques Sereys, Valçériane de Villeneuve, Paul Minthe, Carmen Durand, Dominique Reymond

Link

  1. Official Site: Towards Zero
  2. Wikipedia: Towards Zero
  3. IMDb: Marple: Towards Zero (2007)
  4. IMDb: L'Heure zéro (2007)
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