THE 2012 Agatha Christie Festival continues on the English Riviera this week.
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.
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 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.
An Agatha Christie Service at All Saints Church, the site of her baptism, will take place on Sunday, September 16, at 6pm.
TORQUAY is to have its own regular outdoor monthly market.
The farmers’ market will take place every month in front of Torquay Town Hall.
The first will start on Saturday from 9am.
Organiser Leonie Rees said: “After the success of Brixham farmers’ market last month, the council have agreed to start a local market selling delicious local products in Torquay."
Stalls already booked in include Chocolate Heaven Made In Devon, Sweet Memory Lane with their artisan breads, Cheezeboard with local cheeses, In A Pickle and Cockleshell Deli with a selection of fresh seafood.
THE Humanitarians, whose new single Call The Police is doing brisk business on iTunes, are back at their ‘spiritual home’ of Molloy’s in St Marychurch on Saturday night.
Billed as an ‘end of summer knees-up’, the gig will feature new material as well as favourite songs from the band’s repertoire.
TORWOOD Conservative Club, the so-called ‘little club with a big heart’ and is hosting a grand charity day on Saturday. The aim is to raise funds for the Children’s Hospice South West and Torquay Shopmobility. The club will be open from noon and the evening’s entertainment will feature seven top-class acts. Call 01803 293204 or email email@example.com for more details.
HELP for Heroes will benefit from a charity concert being held at the Cork and Bottle, Paignton, on Sunday. Starting time is 3pm and artists will include Jamie Mead and Michael Collings, the live finalist from Britain’s Got Talent. There will also be a raffle, free food and a beard shave.
CORY and Yann, the Seznec Brothers, are at the Blue Walnut in Chelston on Friday night. Cory lives in France. Yann lives in Scotland, and they have played music together for about 20 years. Their influences and musical interests are vast, ranging from Appalachian banjo music to 20th century electro-acoustic composition by way of 1960s West African pop and interactive sound art. Tickets are available on the door or by calling 01803 394113.
THE One World Cafe in Abbey Park, Torquay, hosts an alternative 1980s night with The Lost Boys and DJs from 7pm on Friday, then Hayden Davies from Platos Cave plus DJs from 7pm on Saturday.
WHOLE Lotta Led, considered by many to be one of the greatest tributes to Led Zeppelin around, play at the Palace Theatre, Paignton, on Saturday. Generally playing two-and-a-half hour sets and more than 100 concerts a year, they keep the spirit and songs of Led Zep alive.
THE Upbeat Beatles bring their Long and Winding Road Tour to the Brixham Theatre tomorrow night.
The Upbeat Beatles are in constant demand and their hard-earned reputation for authenticity and attention to detail has taken them around the world.
For tickets, log on to www.batsweb.org.uk or call 01803 850899.