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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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Chloe Pennington ...
Oliver Jordan ...
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Tommy / Tommy Beresford
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Miss Packard
Miriam Karlin ...
Marjorie 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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Dr. Joshua Waters
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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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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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