Agatha Christie's Marple: Season 2, Episode 1

Sleeping Murder (5 Feb. 2006)

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Gwenda Halliday, a wealthy young Englishwoman recently emigrated from India, intuitively buys a seaside manor house, where she re-experiences a murder.



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Miss Jane Marple is asked to help Gwenda, a wealthy young woman who has bought a house on the English coast, only to experience disturbing visions. Thanks to Miss Marple's investigations, Gwenda discovers that, instead of spending all her life in India, she had lived in the house as a child. The visions are actually flashes of memory - and she realizes she witnessed the murder of a beautiful woman named "Helen". Written by Faaike

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20 June 2006 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Unless you feel you must, there's little reason to watch this mess.

The first (?) Miss Marple was Margaret Rutherford who was anything but Christie's Marple but who made her version work, after a fashion, through the sheer force of her personality. This series too adapted some stories which were not originally Marples. (Two: "Murder Most Foul" and "Murder at the Gallop" were based on Poirot originals.)

But the character had her authoritative interpreter in Joan Hickson, the second Marple, even if she was somewhat too old for the part when she started.

Geraldine McEwen is probably around the right age but she's all wrong otherwise in my opinion. While Hickson played the part with a disarming innocence, McEwen shows a knowingness that I think, in real life, would put every suspect on their guard immediately.

I read the book but don't remember much about it; others have indicated that this version is much changed from the original and I can believe them. Both installments are equally confusing and I lost any involvement or concentration early on.

A poor effort which will spare me any compulsion to watch any of the rest of the series. (Although it may be that many of the other installments are better than this one.) If you want to see an adaptation of "Sleeping Murder", watch Hickson instead.

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