Troubled war veteran Jerry Burton and his sister Joanna rent a cottage in a seemingly tranquil English village which is plagued by a spate of poison pen letters... and murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rev Caleb Dane Calthrop
Mrs. Maud Dane Calthrop (as Frances De La Tour)
Thelma Barlow ...
Aimee Griffith (as Jessica Stevenson)
Rosalind Knight ...
Ellen Capron ...


When troubled war veteran Jerry Burton and his sister Joanna relocate to the quiet little village of Lymstock in order to allow Jerry to recuperate from injuries received in what he claims is a motorcycle accident, they are expecting nothing more than country sleepiness and tedium. Much to their surprise, however, they find themselves embroiled in the middle of scandal and secrets; someone is sending vicious poison-pen letters to the residents. A local dignitary has already taken his own life over the letters, and it's not long before local gossip Mona Symmington also commits suicide after receiving a letter. But when the letter-writer apparently resorts to murder, Jerry finds his curiosity stoked despite himself, and he's not the only one; Miss Jane Marple is also in Lymstock, and she's decided that it's long past time someone got to the bottom of this unpleasant business. Written by Scotty

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12 February 2006 (USA)  »

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The title of the film (and the novel it's based on) is, like that of many other works by Agatha Christie, a quotation of a piece of poetry. "The Moving Finger" are the first words of a well known work by the medieval Persian poet Omar Khayyam. See more »


At the start, we see the motorcycle fly into the air with various parts being flung off, including the head lamp. A few moments later, we see the bike again and the head lamp is reattached. See more »


[Jerry goes outside and walks over to Megan, who is sitting on a swing under a tree]
Megan Hunter: Thanks for pulling me out of the oven.
Jerry Burton: It's alright. I don't suppose you've changed your mind?
Megan Hunter: [looking at the ground] No.
Jerry Burton: Because, I'm absolutely sure you see.
[Megan looks at him]
Jerry Burton: Quite, quite certain that to, look after you... to make you happy and keep you from harm, is now the purpose of my life.
[Megan stares at him]
Jerry Burton: So there's nothing I can say or do that can make you reconsider?
[Megan shakes her head]
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Version of Miss Marple: The Moving Finger (1985) See more »

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A Marvelous Gallery of Grotesques
10 July 2006 | by (Honolulu, Hawaii) – See all my reviews

I thought BY THE PRICKING OF MY THUMBS in this new Miss Marple series was good, but THE MOVING FINGER has presented a lineup of many pleasing and not-so-pleasing eccentrics and British grotesqueries. The famed director Ken Russell portrays a shambling vicar, the Rev. Calthrop, like a fugitive from one of his deliriously enjoyable films; his wife, Maud is portrayed by Frances de la Tour, the horsey and lugubrious actress who portrayed the gigantess Madame Olympe Maxime in HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE; Sean Pertwee, son of the late and great Jon Pertwee plays a nervous, mousy Dr. Griffith who is seduced by the hoydenish and blazing red-headed lorelei, Joanna Burton, played by Emilia Fox; the waspish and flagrantly gay Cardew Pye has an unexpected soft centre, courtesy of John Sessions; James D'Arcy plays Jerry Burton as a seemingly unsympathetic character who gradually begins to come out of his self-imposed protective shell as the story progresses. Geraldine McEwan seems to have put her stamp on the Jane Marple character by presenting her as somewhere between the indomitable Dame Margaret Rutherford's swashbuckling and sputtering Miss Marple and the icily restrained and too-perfectly-emotionless Joan Hickson's Miss Marple, which is generally seen as the portrayal closest to Dame Agatha Christie's original intent for the character. Mugging, smiling, very physically active, McEwan gives her Miss Marple a distinctive flair that may be an acquired taste, like rutabagas, to some of you viewers out there. The rest of the cast is more than adequate, and director Tom Shankland does an OK job pulling all the story threads together.

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