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By the Pricking of My Thumbs 

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



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chloe Pennington ...
Oliver Jordan ...
Tommy / Tommy Beresford
Miss Packard
Miriam Karlin ...
Marjorie 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


Tommy and Tuppence Beresford visit their aunt Ada in a nursing home. Aida cryptically mentions to Tuppence about a murdered child. The next day Ada is found dead in her bed. Causes appear to be natural but Tuppence's suspicions are aroused when a note from Ada mentions that fellow-nursing home dweller Mrs Lancaster is not safe. Coincidentally, Mrs Lancaster has just checked out, accompanied by Mr and Mrs Johnson. While pondering all this at the nursing home, Tuppence runs into someone who is intrigued by her musings - Miss Marple. Together, and aided by a painting, they set off to find the Johnsons and Mrs Lancaster, as they are sure they are key to a mystery and potentially a murder, or two. Written by grantss

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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19 February 2006 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Miss Marple does not appear in Agatha Christie's original novel, which was an adventure featuring her other sleuths, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. In order to make the story part of the Marple series, the time period was moved from post-war to sometime near the end of the war. This conveniently places Tommy still in the military intelligence service abroad, and his part of the story was re-written for Miss Marple. See more »


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 »


Septimus Bligh: Why do you drink?
Tuppence Beresford: Why do you?
Septimus Bligh: [Bitterly] Because life is empty of meaning.
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Version of Mon petit doigt m'a dit... (2005) See more »

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Unbelievably Bad
5 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fortunately Dame Agatha didn't have to live to see what others have done to her novel. The charming Tommy and Tuppence of the novels and the TV series turn into absolute rotters in this discouraging epic. There is absolutely no chemistry between them. Tuppence is a rather stupid lush who stumbles about from one bottle to another throughout the film while Tommy is shown to be an uptight, snobbish and rather distant husband who in this film has little to do. Rather than letting Tommy and Tuppence solve this mystery on their own, as they do in the novel, the producers chose instead to ship Tommy out of the country and let Jane Marple step in to help guide the foggy Tuppence through to the bitter end. Because of these facts and perhaps the director, nobody looked remotely real and their acting was...well, "acting". I realize the Marple series has done well over the years, but to take a perfectly good mystery and add Miss Marple to it. Well, the only persons who would do that would produce "The Sittaford Mystery", in which they did the same thing. Of course, that wasn't enough for them; they even changed the murderer. Since they don't want to stick to Dame Agatha's stories, why don't they just write their own versions and admit they're only borrowing a well-known detective to help with sales.

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