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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye (1985)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  7 March 1985 (UK)
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When a handful of grain is found in the pocket of a murdered businessman, Miss Marple seeks a murderer with a penchant for nursery rhymes.

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Wealthy business man Rex Fortescue collapses when he reaches his office. It is determined that he was poisoned. No one seems too upset, as everyone agrees that Rex was a tyrant. Soon however Rex's young wife also turns up poisoned. The maid, Gladyes, whom Miss Marple trained, writes to Miss Marple asking for help. Miss Marple arrives too late, as Gladyses' body is found strangled and strung up on the clothes line. Now it's personal, and Miss Marple is determined to see the murderer punished. Written by <hatchetts13@webtv.net>

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Timothy West plays Rex Fortescue in this version while his wife Prunella Scales would later play Miss Effie Ramsbottom in the ITV adaptation Agatha Christie's Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye (2008). See more »

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Just after Lance's car is spotted by the police, he drives past a modern (post-1964) speed limit sign. See more »

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My second favourite Miss Marple adaptation
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I absolutely love the Joan Hickson Miss Marple mysteries. They are clever and well made, and Joan Hickson is for me the definitive Miss Marple. A Pocket Full of Rye is a wonderful adaptation, and my second favourite of the Miss Marple adaptations after A Murder is Announced. The photography, scenery and costumes are truly lovely, and the music is superb. The script is often thought-provoking and the story is faithful, well paced and clever. My only minor criticism is that they could have developed Gladys a little more, but this is very minor. The acting across the board is of high calibre, Joan Hickson coming of best being absolutely terrific as Miss Marple. Overall, wonderful and one of my favourites. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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