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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.



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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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(around 9min) the newspaper has backward print. See more »


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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Version of Le crime est notre affaire (2008) See more »


I Travel Alone
By Noël Coward
Performed by Pip Torrens and Amanda Holden
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A new, fresh version of Miss Marple
23 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

These new versions maybe a little different from the original stories, but I still really enjoy them. Geraldine McEwen is marvelous and I love seeing the many wonderful character actors and actresses that show up in the cast (I just loved Joanna Lumley's spot in "The Body in the Library".)As an true fan of the Margaret Rutherford versions, is it just me or is the theme song of these new versions very similar to M. Rutherford's theme song? Its almost like a tribute to those wonderful, classic versions. Has anyone else noticed this? Seeing the English gardens and the stately homes are almost enough to warrant watching the series just by themselves. The setting and characters seem perfect. I have seen four of the episodes so far, can't wait to see them all.

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