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Lost Agatha Christie plays rediscovered by the BBC

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Listen to clips from The Lost Plays, which will be published next week to coincide with the 125th anniversary of Christie’s birth
The Lost Plays clips you can hear come from the triple bill of Butter in a Lordly Dish, Murder in the Mews and Personal Call, which for half a century were thought to have been lost, like a great deal of postwar radio drama, because it was normal practice to destroy the master tapes without making copies.
The three plays were first broadcast between 1948 and 1960.
In an act of detection worthy of the great crime writer herself, the lost plays were unearthed in a mass of uncatalogued material by freelance audio producer Charles Norton and BBC sound archivist Sean Whyton. They have been fully restored and will be published as The Lost Plays on 17 September to coincide with Agatha Christie’s 125th anniversary on 15 September.
Agatha Christie’s grandson and Chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd, Mathew Prichard, said: ‘The Lost Plays are a magnificent discovery. The atmosphere of the time is captured wonderfully and the sound quality is crystal clear. The plays are vintage Christie and are a hugely important addition to the canon.’
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