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The new docuseries Agatha Christie: Lucy Worsley on the Mystery Queen is set for its US premiere on PBS this weekend. Check out the exclusive clip we have for you now!

Agatha Christie: Lucy Worsley on the Mystery Queen
Agatha Christie: Lucy Worsley on the Mystery Queen: (L-R) Ruth Ware, Jean Kwok, Kate Mosse & Lucy Worsley — Photo credit: Mike Robinson

Lucy Worsley, the Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces in the UK, a popular British historian, and a fan-favorite documentary presenter, will be back on our screens this weekend with her brand-new series, Agatha Christie: Lucy Worsley on the Mystery Queen.

The docuseries’ US premiere follows the recent publication of Worsley’s acclaimed biography, Agatha Christie: An Elusive Woman, which, like the upcoming television program, delves into the life of the Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie — a seemingly conventional British matron who, while maintaining her status as the most successful novelist of all time, has long remained an enigma, as well.

In Agatha Christie: Lucy Worsley on the Mystery Queen, Worsley uses her powers of investigation to uncover the story of one of the most famous, complex, and misunderstood women of the 20th century. As in the best of Christie’s novels, clues are hiding in plain sight, and Lucy uncovers surprising new evidence and some carefully concealed secrets that illuminate the life of a writer whose work continues to delight readers worldwide.

Lucy explores how the arc of Christie’s life follows the dynamic history of the 20th century, during which Christie witnessed the extraordinary upheaval of two World Wars as well as revolutions in scientific understanding and enormous social change — where attitudes toward everything from class, gender and race, to science, technology, psychology and politics, were challenged. Touched by these changes in very personal ways, Christie plowed all of it into her books.

In each episode of the three-part series, Lucy gets to the heart of Christie’s personal experiences — her family, marriages, influences, and inspirations, as well as her sorrows and struggles. She traces the novelist’s footsteps, from the beautiful countryside of the Devon coast, to the landscapes of Istanbul and Egypt, and analyzes the many hints of her life that the novelist planted in her works.

In the exclusive clip below (from the episode “Destination Unknown”), three modern women writers — Jean Kwok (Girl in Translation), Kate Mosse (“The Joubert Family Chronicles”), and Ruth Ware (The Turn of the Key) — each of whom wrote a “Miss Marple” story for the best-selling collection Marple: Twelve New Mysteries, talk about what makes Miss Marple one of the greatest literary detectives of all time (over a cherry brandy).

Agatha Christie: Lucy Worsley on the Mystery Queen premieres in the US with the episode “Cat Among the Pigeons” on Sunday, December 3, at 8 PM ET, on PBS (check your local listings), PBS.org, and the PBS app. The series continues with “Destination Unknown” on Sunday, December 10, and concludes with “Unfinished Portrait” on Sunday, December 17, both also at 8 PM.

(For episode synopses, read “Agatha Christie: Lucy Worsley on the Mystery Queen: New Docuseries Headed to PBS.”)


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