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


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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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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