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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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Elspeth McGillicuddy
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James Stoddard-West
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Rose Keegan ...
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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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The woman who dies in the very beginning (Jenny Agutter) and Miss Marple's friend Elspeth (Pam Ferris) star together in BBC's "Call the Midwife." See more »

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

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Mrs. Elspeth McGillicuddy: [on the phone] I'm catching the 4:50 from Paddington.
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Version of Murder She Said (1961) See more »

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I Travel Alone
By Noël Coward
Performed by Pip Torrens and Amanda Holden
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Interesting whodunnit
22 June 2016 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

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.

An interesting whodunnit. Quite novel in how we first are aware of the murder - viewed from another train - and in the fact that we initially don't have a body, thus no victim. Gets more intriguing as you get into it, plus the dysfunctional nature of the Crackenthorpe family makes for some interesting family drama too.

Cast delivers in spades. Amanda Holden is wonderful and gorgeous as Lucy. John Hannah gives his usual solid performance as the inspector. Cast also includes Jenny Agutter, Griff Rhys Jones (of Not The 9 O'Clock News fame) and David Warner.


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