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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Shockingly wrong on so many levels
26 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let's start off by admitting I do not like McEwan as Marple. I do not see it. -- anymore than I saw Rutherford as the famed detective.

HOWEVER, I have embraced her.

Welcomed the series and enjoyed most of them. I got my fix. That is until a golden rule was broken with this piece of uck.

This is not a Marple story -- it is a part of a greater tales, that of my two favorite characters penned by Mystery Maven Christie, Tommy and Tuppence. In five novels (one that's a group of well written short stories) we are given a birds eye view into their lives -- entirely. I mean from 19 to 70. How they meet, when they married, had twins, Detective agency, government involvement and is the stuff that life is made of.

The original story has been "frankensteined". It is not Marple, it is not the Beresfords and Christie's beautiful tale is lost.

A pox on the head of the man or woman who came up with this stupid exploitive idea. Nothing is note worthy in this failed production. It's as if all those involved were aware of the travesty being committed and therefore their jobs and how well they did them suffered from embarrassment.

A pox, I say!!!


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