Viewers slate Channel 5 film Agatha and the Midnight Murders

Following the huge success of All Creatures Great and Small, Channel 5 aired a new feature-length drama, Agatha and the Midnight Murders on Wednesday night. But did the new show live up to expectations? 

Taking to Twitter to discuss the new film, viewers suggested that the dialogue was a little challenging, with one writing: “Might have just had too many painkillers, but can’t get to grips with #AgathaAndTheMidnightMurders on Channel 5. Really want to like it, but dialogue and plotting feels laboured.” 

Another added: “I have given it longer than it deserved, but I am abandoning it now. The plot is weird and boring, and the dialogue is awful.” A third person tweeted: “Not the best dialogue is it?” 

Helen Baxendale and Blake Harrison star in the new film

However, some viewers enjoyed the new film, which stars Helen Baxendale as Agatha Christie. One person wrote: “Wasn’t great but still better than Kenneth’s movie (imo) – and no doubt made for a fraction of his massive budget.” Another added: “Called it. Classic Christie tactic & one of my faves. The untrustworthy sidekick. And the nods to various stories. Plus the false conclusion. Enjoyed that very much.” 

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The film follows Agatha during the Blitz, as she decides to kill off her most famous creation. The synopsis reads: “After twelve Poirot novels in six years, Agatha should be a rich woman. Instead, she’s struggling to make ends meet: America’s financial chokehold of Britain has cut off royalties and the tax authorities in the US and UK are investigating her.

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“Killing her most popular character in the midst of this turmoil seems almost spiteful. But Agatha, pragmatic and resourceful as ever, has a plan: she is selling the novel of Poirot’s death to a private buyer, a superfan who will pay a fortune to own a piece of history and keep the beloved detective alive.” 

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