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In the novel Murder is Easy, Gordon Ragg, Lord Whitfield is a self-made millionaire, and Bridget's fiancé. He owns Ashe Manor in Wychwood under Ashe. He used to work in his father's boot shop in the town but rose to his present position as the owner of several weekly papers, one of which was The Good Cheer. Lord Whitfield is proud of his rags to riches background and never tires of boasting about it.

Lord Whitfield is described as someone with a face "round and ingenuous, with a pouting mouth and boiled gooseberry eyes."

Portrayals[]

Murder is Easy (1982 film)[]

In the 1982 film adaptation, the character is renamed Lord Gordon Easterfield and is portrayed by Timothy West. The portrayal is highly faithful to the original novel despite the change of name.

Agatha Christie's Marple[]

In the 2008 ITV adaptation, Lord Whitfield is mentioned only. Here he used to live at his family home which was not Ashe Manor but Hexley Hall, some distance from Wychwood under Ashe. By the time of the events in the episode, Hexley Hall had become "Hexley Hall Hospital", a mental institution. During Lord Whitfield's time, an American couple, the Learys, had been summer guests at Hexley Hall.

BBC Radio 4[]

In the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of the novel Murder is Easy, Lord Whitfield is voiced by Michael Cochrane.

Les Petits Meurtres d'Agatha Christie[]

In Un meurtre est-il facile?, the France Télévisions and Escazal Films adaptation of the novel, the parallel character is named Émile Deboucke.

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