Agatha Christie's Marple: Season 2, Episode 3

By the Pricking of My Thumbs (19 Feb. 2006)

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Miss Marple joins forces with Tommy and Tuppence Beresford to find the murderer of Tommy's Aunt Ada.

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Chloe Pennington ...
Oliver Jordan ...
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Tommy / Tommy Beresford
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Miss Packard
Miriam Karlin ...
Marjorie Moody (as Majorie Moody)
June Whitfield ...
Mrs. Lancaster
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Aunt Ada
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Mr. Eccles
Patrick Barlow ...
Mr. Timothy
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Chris Murphy (as O-T Fagbenle)
Jody Halse ...
Amos Perry
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When Tommy and Tuppence visit an elderly aunt in her nursing home, Tuppence is concerned by the odd behavior of some staff and residents. So when Tuppence hears about Aunt Ada's sudden death and the disappearance of her friend Mrs Lancaster, she realizes her concerns were right. Tuppence meets Miss Marple and together they follow a path of clues that lead them to the Norfolk village of Farrell St Edmund, where they find a community guarding an array of secrets. Only by getting to the bottom of these secrets do they begin to unravel the truth about the mystery of Aunt Ada's death and Mrs Lancaster's disappearance. Written by Faaike

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When Mrs. Lancaster (June Whitfield) says "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing", she is misquoting Alexander Pope in his Essay on Criticism (1709): "A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring." See more »

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This episode is set somewhere in the late 40s, early 50s (Polo mints were first made in 1948). Miss Marple requests the taxi driver to take them to "the train station". The expression "train station" has only been in common use in the last few years, it's certain Miss Marple would have said "railway station". See more »

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Tommy Beresford: [Tuppence asks Tommy to drive so she can continue reading her copy of Macbeth. Tommy chuckles in response] I was in Macbeth at my prep school. "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day."
Tuppence Beresford: [gets in car on passenger side] I heard you were marvelous.
Tommy Beresford: Who from?
Tuppence Beresford: You.
Tommy Beresford: Hmm.
[gets in car and starts engine]
Tommy Beresford: "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."
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Absolute Garbage!!
25 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The new majority holders of Agatha Christie Ltd have started this new series and with very few exceptions the episodes are dreadful. This one is one of the worse.

Gee, did someone actually call himself an "Agatha Christie Fan" and give it a ten point score?? A dead giveaway of a clueless reviewer. Agatha Christie NEVER placed Miss Marple in this story. It was strictly a Tommy and Tuppence Beresford mystery.

As usual with these terrible remakes, the crew have changed everything including Christie's wonderful plot, fully-dimensional characters, time-settings. So it's terrible to place Christie's name on it.

I'd have no problem if the series was actually reasonably good. It isn't. In this one, Tuppence Beresford is a drunken, depressed drudge. Miss Marple is dithering, dotty, twinkling and totally unbelievable as a crack-shot elderly sleuth. All very good older actors are wasted here, their talents buried under shoddy direction, and silly plotting.

There's nothing of Agatha Christie here except her name....used to draw in the novice.

The entire series reminds me of silly, overacted community theater plays. The actors chew up the scenery and everything is too silly for words.

Christie would turn in her grave!!


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