Tommy and Tuppence Beresford

Created by Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Yep, that Agatha Christie.

Okay, it's not exactly the mean streets, but arguably the first-ever husband-and-wife sleuthing duo was created by the Queen of Crime herself, a decade before anyone had ever heard of Nick and Nora.

TOMMY and TUPPENCE BERESFORD are a married couple who run a small agency in post-WWI Britain, and appeared in a string of novellas and novels, starting in 1922 with the publication of The Secret Adversary.

Pragmatic, methodical Tommy, a recently returned vet, and his old pal, brash and often impulsive Prudence "Tuppence" Cowley, hook up after the war, and decide to becomes "adventurers," almost as a lark, but soon develop some real detective chop.

They appeared in four full length novels as well as a collection of short stories entitled Partners in Crime (1929), which spoofed various popular detectives of the day.

In the original books, Christie developed the relationship between Tommy and Tuppence, and allowed them to age, going from the "bright young things" of the 1920s to downright mature sleuths in their seventies by the end of the run in Postern of Fate (1973).

Agatha Christie is, of course, the Queen of Crime, and the most widely published novelist of all time. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels written under the name Mary Westmacott, but is best known for creating two of the world's most popular sleuths, amateur sleuth Miss Marple and finnicky Belgian private investigator Hercule Poirot.

NOVELS

  • The Secret Adversary (1922)
  • N or M? (1941)
  • By the Pricking of My Thumbs (1968)
  • The Postern of Fate (1973)

SHORT STORIES

  • "The Adventure of the Sinister Stranger" (October 1924, The Sketch)
  • "The Affair of the Pink Pearl" (October 1924, The Sketch)
  • "The Case of the Missing Lady" (October 1924, The Sketch)
  • "The Gentleman Dressed in Newspaper" (October 1924, The Sketch)
  • "The House of Lurking Death" (October 1924, The Grand Magazine)
  • "The Sunningdale Mystery" (October 1924, The Sketch; aka "The Sunninghall Mystery")
  • "The Ambassadorís Boots" (November 1924, The Sketch)
  • "Blindman's Bluff" (November 1924, The Sketch)
  • "The Crackler" (November 1924, The Sketch)
  • "The Matter of the Ambassador's Boots" (November 1924, The Sketch; aka as "The Ambassador's Boots")
  • "The Man in the Mist" (December 1924, The Sketch)
  • "The Man Who Was No. 16" (December 1924, The Sketch)
  • "The Unbreakable Alibi" (1929)
  • "The Clergymanís Daughter"
  • "A Fairy in the Flat"
  • "Finessing the King"
  • "A Pot of Tea"
  • "The Red House"

COLLECTIONS

TELEVISION

  • THE SECRET ADVERSARY.. Buy the complete series on DVD
    (1982, BBC)
    Made-for-television movie
    Based on characters created by Agatha Christie
    Starring James Warwick as TOMMY BERESFORD
    and Francesca Annis as "TUPPENCE" BERESFORD

  • PARTNERS IN CRIME.. Buy the complete series on DVD
    (aka "Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime")

    (1983, BBC)
    10 episodes
    Based on characters created by Agatha Christie
    Starring James Warwick as TOMMY BERESFORD
    and Francesca Annis as "TUPPENCE" BERESFORD

  • "The Affair of the Pink Pearl"
  • "The House of Lurking Death"
  • "The Sunningdale Mystery"
  • "The Clergymanís Daughter"
  • "Finessing the King"
  • "The Ambassadorís Boots"
  • "The Man in the Mist"
  • "The Unbreakable Alibi"
  • "The Case of the Missing Lady"
  • "The Crackler"

  • PARTNERS IN CRIME
    (2015, BBC)
    6 60-minute episodes
    Premiere: September 3, 2015
    Based on characters created by Agatha Christie
    Directed by Edward Hall
    Produced by Endor Productions and Agatha Christie Productions Ltd.
    Starring David Walliams as TOMMY BERESFORD
    and Jessica Raine as "TUPPENCE" BERESFORD

  • "The Secret Adversary (Part One)" (September 3, 2015)
  • "The Secret Adversary (Part Two)" (September 3, 2015)
  • "The Secret Adversary (Part Three)" (September 10, 2015)
  • "N or M? (Part One)" (September 17, 2015)
  • "N or M? (Part Two)" (September 24, 2015)
  • "N or M? (Part Three)" (October 1, 2015)

Joint report respectfully submitted by operatives Kevin Burton Smith.


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