Agatha Christie's Marple: Season 1, Episode 3

Marple: What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw (26 Dec. 2004)
"4.50 from Paddington" (original title)

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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.

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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.

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When Lucy is checking some documents, she looks through a passport. The photo has clearly simply been stuck onto the page and there is no official stamp overprinted on it. See more »

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Mrs. Elspeth McGillicuddy: You brute! Oh yes, that is the man I saw from the 4:50 from Paddington, on December the fourth, strangling a poor terrified woman to death.
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Not too bad but...
9 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

This isn't really too bad. But it feels so different from what one would imagine after reading the book. So I guess, those who haven't read the book would likely enjoy this movie more. Except most people probably wouldn't watch this unless one has read the book.

One thing I can't seem to get over is why is Miss Marple so perky and vivacious, almost as if she's going to break into a song and dance number or a comedy act. Is this done deliberately to appeal to a wider and modern audience? Nothing wrong with that. I do appreciate a good sense of humor. In Mrs. Christie's books, I get the impression that Miss Marple is a very "classy" lady, very genteel. There is nothing wrong with Geraldine McEwan's portrayal of an elderly lady, I do like her, but it just doesn't feel like The Miss Marple. If the series were called Geraldine McEwan Series instead, it would be more enjoyable and less irritating to be reminded how different the stories are from the books.

As a made of TV movie, I'd give it an 8. While as an Agatha Christie book made for TV, I'd give it, at most, a 4. Suddenly reminds me, how much I appreciate Mrs. Christie's writing abilities.


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