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THE 2012 Agatha Christie Festival gets under way on the English Riviera this week, with dozens of events taking place all around Torbay.
How about cocktails, canapes and lively panel debate on the definitive Agatha Christie novel, with Christie’s grandson Mathew Prichard?
Other panellists include John Curran, Christie expert and editor of The Secret Notebooks, David Brawn, English language publisher of Agatha Christie at HarperCollins, and BBC broadcaster and ardent Christie fan David Fitzgerald.
And 1920s/1930s dress at the event is encouraged.
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It takes place at the Grand Hotel in Torquay, where Agatha spent her honeymoon, on Friday, September 14, at 6pm.
Strychnine Ballroom is a brand new vintage ball combining classic style with modern fun. Held in the Spanish Barn, this party with a difference will transport Christie fans back in time to enjoy the swinging sounds of the big bands, snazzy jazz classics and the wonderful songs that lifted the spirits in difficult times.
It takes place on Saturday, September 15, at 8pm.
Murder on the Nile will be on at the Princess Theatre throughout the Agatha Christie Festival.
The show stars Kate O’Mara (Dynasty and Bad Girls), Denis Lill (The Royal, Doctor Who), Susie Amy (71 Degrees North, Footballers’ Wives), Chloe Newsome (Coronation Street), Ben Nealon (Soldier, Soldier) and 1960s pop idol Mark Wynter.
HarperCollins has been the English language publisher of Agatha Christie’s novels since 1926, and with a relationship spanning the best part of a century, there are plenty of tales to tell.
Head of publishing David Brawn brings his stories to this intimate event at the Cary Arms in Babbacombe on Tuesday, September 11, at 7pm.
An Agatha Christie Service at All Saints Church, the site of her baptism, will take place on Sunday, September 16, at 6pm.
Following the success of Dartington’s inaugural murder mystery evening in February, they are celebrating Agatha Christie’s birthday by holding another evening of suspense, intrigue and glamour in this captivating medieval setting.
It takes place at the Great Hall on Wednesday, September 12.
From a showing of an acclaimed Russian film version of Ten Little Indians, to an exhibition of beautiful original Agatha Christie book cover paintings by internationally renowned artist Tom Adams, Torquay Museum offers a feast of unique events at this year’s Agatha Christie Festival.
The exhibition at Torquay Museum, which runs until November 2, showcases the largest collection assembled of Agatha Christie book cover paintings by Tom Adams, together with sketches, photographs and artefacts which help tell the story of this legendary cover artist.
Organisers of the fishing industry heritage festival Fishstock are putting the final touches to what promises to be the last big events of the summer.
Saturday’s one-day Brixham extravaganza will see half a dozen bands from South Devon perform for the crowds with a mixture of pop, jazz and rock.
Fishstock Brixham is a celebration of the fishing, seafood and maritime heritage of the most successful English fishing port and the music will be the icing on the cake.
Two live theatre kitchens will be provided by Castles Kitchens, whose managing director Dave Styles will compere a long list of well-known and respected seafood chefs as they demonstrate their trade.
The show will start at 10.45pm with Sue Lucas doing what champion fishmongers do best.
Michelin-starred chef Simon Hulstone from The Elephant will perform a masterclass involving audience participation.
Mitch Tonks, chef and owner of the Seahorse and Rockfish restaurants in Dartmouth, will make his return to Fishstock.
He will challenge Dartmouth’s other great chef, David Jones, of Manna from Devon, to a Ready Steady Cook-style duel.
Finally, in the main kitchen at 3.45pm, David Jones will go head to head with Richard Hunt, chef at The Grand Hotel.
Widecombe Fair takes place on Tuesday!, with events going on all day throughout the moorland village.
The Fair exists to promote and celebrate country life on Dartmoor and, at the same time, raise money for good causes.
This year's fair supports the Teenage
The Fair will continue until 7pm, with a bar and disco keeping the fun going until midnight.
This year the hilarious Pantomime Horse Derby has a celebrity starter, the ex-MP, novelist
and Strictly star Ann Widdecombe.