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Marple: What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw 

4:50 from Paddington (original title)
Miss Marple investigates the wealthy Crackenthorpe clan, believing a body to be hidden on their estate after a visiting friend witnesses a brutal strangling murder occurring on a passing train.



(screenplay), (novel)

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Griff Rhys Jones ...
Elspeth McGillicuddy
Tim Stern ...
Kurtis O'Brien ...
Toby Marlow ...
James Stoddard-West
Rose Keegan ...
Lady Alice


A friend of Miss Marple, Mrs Elspeth McGillicuddy, is traveling down to meet Miss Marple on the 4.50 from Paddington. On the way she witnesses a murder when her train draws alongside another train briefly traveling in the same direction. Mrs McGillicuddy reports her sighting to the Railway Police but no body is found. Miss Marple suspects that the body was thrown off the train near the grounds of Rutherford Hall. Miss Marple recruits the services of her niece, Lucy Eeylesbarrow (played by Amanda Holden), to infiltrate the staff at Rutherford Hall and investigate the large, wealthy and dysfunctional Crackenthorpe family whose ancestral home it is. She also gets the local police, in the form of Inspector Tom Campbell (John Hannah), involved. Written by grantss

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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26 December 2004 (USA)  »

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A daft denouement
28 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Agatha Christie must be turning in her grave with the recent daft tarting up of her excellent plot, i.e. the reconstruction of the crime in the denouement of "4-50 from Paddington". (I refer to the series "Marple" starring Geraldine McEwan, not to be confused with the previous series starring the excellent Joan Hickson.) To have made this said reconstruction possible the two trains would have needed to be timed to the second, an event I find extremely implausible. Just as Agatha Christie would have.

Even in the Fifties people were complaining of late trains and the British railway system in general.

Geraldine McEwan brings a pleasant quirkiness into the character, and in her own way is quite as good as the aforementioned Miss Hickson, but oh dear, if producers and directors must tart up old novels I wish they would retain the story lines and keep them sensible.

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