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Tuppence Beresford (Character)
from "Partners in Crime" (1983)

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The Secret Adversary (1983) (TV)
Tommy Beresford: I've tried all the orthodox ways of making money.
Tuppence Cowley: How about the unorthodox?

Julius P. Hersheimmer: [Tuppence says she works as Rita's parlor maid] You mean you're a menial?
Tuppence Cowley: I'm a special agent pretending to be a menial.

[first lines]
Tommy Beresford: Tuppence?
Tuppence Cowley: Tommy! You! Of all people, you.
[They embrace. Tuppence shows Tommy the bread crumbs in her hand]
Tuppence Cowley: Ducks.
Tommy Beresford: Of course.
Tuppence Cowley: Oh, dear old bean.

Tuppence Cowley: Two young adventurers for hire... willing to do anything, go anywhere... Pay must be good, no reasonable offer refused.
Tommy Beresford: I should think that any offer we got to that would be pretty unreasonable one.
Tuppence Cowley: Tommy, you're a genius. That's much more chic: no unreasonable offer refused.

[last lines]
Tommy Beresford: Oh, Tuppence.
Tuppence Cowley: Dear old bean.


"Partners in Crime: The Crackler (#1.10)" (1984)
Albert: [Excitedly] Just looked out the window and saw something beginning with M!
Tommy Beresford: Uh, motorcycle?
Albert: Nope.
Tuppence Beresford: Monkey?
Albert: Nope.
Tommy Beresford: Mussolini?
Albert: Don't be daft!

Inspector Marriott: We at the yard believe this gang is a bit la-te-dah.
Tuppence Beresford: Oh, blue-blooded?
Tommy Beresford: Nobs?
Tuppence Beresford: Upper class?
Inspector Marriott: [Nods] That sort of thing.

Tuppence Beresford: I think it's fun mixing business and pleasure.

Inspector Marriott: Well, two rotten apples don't spoil the harvest.
Tuppence Beresford: Nor make a harvest.
[Marriott looks at her with puzzlement]


"Partners in Crime: Finessing the King (#1.2)" (1983)
Inspector Marriott: I'm sorry we meet again in these circumstances.
Tuppence Beresford: I'm glad it's you, Inspector.

Tuppence Beresford: Are men really so stupid as to have affairs with their best friends' wives?

Tuppence Beresford: Something is wrong somewhere, but I'm damned if I know where.


By the Pricking of My Thumbs (2005)
Le curé: I also happen to say things I don't understand.
Prudence Beresford: Nothing alarming in your case: you're a priest.

Prudence Beresford: There's no such thing as a quiet village.


"Agatha Christie's Marple: By the Pricking of My Thumbs (#2.3)" (2006)
Tommy Beresford: [Tuppence asks Tommy to drive so she can continue reading her copy of Macbeth. Tommy chuckles in response] I was in Macbeth at my prep school. "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day."
Tuppence Beresford: [gets in car on passenger side] I heard you were marvelous.
Tommy Beresford: Who from?
Tuppence Beresford: You.
Tommy Beresford: Hmm.
[gets in car and starts engine]
Tommy Beresford: "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."

Septimus Bligh: Why do you drink?
Tuppence Beresford: Why do you?
Septimus Bligh: [Bitterly] Because life is empty of meaning.


"Partners in Crime: The House of Lurking Death (#1.3)" (1983)
Tuppence Beresford: I don't like it... especially the idea that there was so little arsenic.

Tuppence Beresford: I swear we will solve this case. I don't know how, but we will, even if it kills us.


"Partners in Crime: The Sunningdale Mystery (#1.4)" (1983)
Tommy Beresford: A man doesn't stab himself with a hatpin!
Tuppence Beresford: I know! That's what's so baffling!


"Partners in Crime: The Affair of the Pink Pearl (#1.1)" (1983)
Tuppence Beresford: Blunt's Brilliant Detectives have not only played Sherlock Holmes but Cupid.


"Partners in Crime: The Unbreakable Alibi (#1.7)" (1983)
Tuppence Beresford: [as Tommy is toiling over a crossword puzzle in the newspaper] Haven't you anything better to do?
Tommy Beresford: [Sneezes] As titular head of a detective agency in an apparent and, I hope, temporary fall in the crime rate... the answer, my darling wife, is... no, I haven't anything better to do.