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



(screenplay), (based on the novel by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chloe Pennington ...
Oliver Jordan ...
Tommy / Tommy Beresford
Miss Packard
Miriam Karlin ...
Marjorie Moody (as Majorie Moody)
June Whitfield ...
Mrs. Lancaster
Aunt Ada
Mr. Eccles
Patrick Barlow ...
Mr. Timothy
Chris Murphy (as O-T Fagbenle)
Jody Halse ...
Amos Perry
Dr. Joshua Waters


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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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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19 February 2006 (USA)  »

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Although the date of is not made clear, it appears to be set in the Post-War late 40s or early 50s. The movie version of Jane Eyre (1943) that it refers to was made during the war in 1944, so although the poster art from the film appears similar to the Robert Stevenson film, it doesn't mention either Joan Fontaine or Orson Welles, who starred in the film. The part of Jane's friend, who dies in the film, was originally played by Elizabeth Taylor, although she dies from pneumonia, not leukemia, as stated in "By the Pricking of My Thumbs." See more »


Judging by the presence of the USAF, the story is supposed to take place at the end of WWII. However Steven Berkoff's lawyer character Mr Eccles mentions that he shouldn't be pronouncing the country as "Keen-ya" but "Kenya". This was the case from 1963 onwards when Kenya gained independence and changed the pronunciation. This is anachronistic unless Mr Eccles is meant to be better informed and more sensitive to Kenyan sensibilities than the general British populace was back then. See more »


Septimus Bligh: Why do you drink?
Tuppence Beresford: Why do you?
Septimus Bligh: [Bitterly] Because life is empty of meaning.
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Great cast and scenery, poor pacing, uneven storytelling and unfocused direction really spoils it though
4 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Now I love Agatha Christie, and while I don't consider the book a favourite(it is one of the better Tommy and Tuppence books though) it was great to read. I don't mind adaptations that are unfaithful to the books, because sometimes there is a film/adaptation that is good on its own merits. But while it isn't as awful as Sittaford Mystery, which I found hard to sit through, I was disappointed with By The Pricking of My Thumbs. Starting with the good things the whole adaptation is lovingly filmed, with lovely scenery and costumes, and the music was pretty good. Then we have a great cast, Leslie Phillips, June Whitfield and Charles Dance standouts among the cast, and Greta Scacchi was delightful as Tuppence(though Francessca Annis in my opinion is better). However, Anthony Andrews I found too mannered as Tommy and Geraldine McEwan wasn't given that much to work with. And there were some effective scenes, the ending at least made sense. This leads to my problems with the adaptation though, the script is quite weak and the pacing is pedestrian. The direction is unfocused particularly in the middle and the storytelling is uneven. By all means it starts off well, but also taking into account numerous deviations from the book, there are a number of disconnected scenes that don't go anywhere. Overall, disappointing, not the worst of the Marples but one of the weaker ones in my opinion. 3/10 Bethany Cox

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