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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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 »

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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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31 December 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Even my wife was disappointed, which is saying something. Agatha Christie could not be classified among the best authors but she could put together an entertaining and well constructed mystery story. To adapt her books to film obviously requires some modifications and we can tolerate even mixing Jane Marple and Tuppence. But many changes made for this film were just unnecessarily destructive of the Christie characters. To have Tuppence as a plonk sponge and Tommy represented as arrogant and stupid are totally unacceptable to Christie fans. Tommy barges in to a lawyer's office making threats of prosecution before the poor guy could open his mouth, and simply to obtain an address. This is just crazy. I couldn't believe that this could be put in a serious film. Beyond that, the vicar was totally unbelievable. In reality he would not have lasted two weeks in a parish. This shows to me that the screenwriter is simply out of touch with the real world.

Geraldine McEwan is a delightful actress, as are many of the others actors who have appeared in the many enjoyable English films that we love so much. We have come to regard the English film industry as a paragon of top quality film entertainment (well, mostly anyway). It is a crying shame to see this sort of trash being released with these excellent actors playing parts in it. To the sponsors of these films, can we urge you please to be a bit more proactive in quality control.

Ken Sarkies, Australia


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