Seeking escape and inspiration, Agatha Christie travels to Baghdad on an archaeological tour. What she finds is turmoil: the world's biggest oil field has just been discovered and Iraq's ancient treasures are under threat. Agatha also finds a charming, naive young archaeologist, Max, who needs her help as a series of murders unfold in the faded grandeur of the villa where they are staying. Has Agatha met her match?Written by
In her autobiography, Christie writes of her friend Katharine Woolley as being a fascinating character who was extremely demanding and rude, yet charming and well-spoken. Katharine was the inspiration for the murder victim Louise Leidner in Murder in Mesopotamia (1936). See more »
In the first scene with Agatha and some guests on a dinner table one of the male guests is smoking a filter cigarette. Although, the cigarette filter was invented in 1925, filter cigarettes were not introduced into the market until 1936. As the movie in located in 1928 there is no way filter cigarettes would have been available. See more »
Channel 5 make another original Agatha Christie mystery movie featuring Agatha Christie turned crime investigator. This way they do not have to deal with any copyright issues relating to Marple or Poirot.
Agatha Christie (Lyndsey Marshal) has divorced her husband and gone to an Iraqi archaeological site to seek inspiration to write romance stories.
Instead she finds love with a younger man. Max Mallowan (Jonah Hauer-King) an archaeological assistant is found by Christie after he is shot. The real life Mallowan actually ended up marrying Christie.
Christie also stumbles into murder then a monkey who has been poisoned and later found hanged.
Of course this could easily be a Poirot mystery. The desert, Babylonian artefacts being looted, a tablet containing a curse, an arrogant American tycoon and oodles of death, but that character is under copyright.
So Christie and Mallowan try to unearth the killer and also find time for some hanky panky. At times it comes across as Carry on Follow that Camel with a randy couple on the excavation site and some double entendres.
This looks more expensive than last year's Agatha and the Truth of Murder. It has been filmed in Malta. It was also more playful and lighter in tone in than the previous movie. I am not convinced that it actually made it a better film. I think Marshal fitted the part better than the previous actress.
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