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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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Although the exact date of the setting of the episode is not given the scenes at the film presentation clearly show signs that celebrate the Festival of Britain which took place in 1951. 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 »


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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