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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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)
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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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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 »

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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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Septimus Bligh: Why do you drink?
Tuppence Beresford: Why do you?
Septimus Bligh: [Bitterly] Because life is empty of meaning.
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Great cast and scenery, poor pacing, uneven storytelling and unfocused direction really spoils it though
4 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Now I love Agatha Christie, and while I don't consider the book a favourite(it is one of the better Tommy and Tuppence books though) it was great to read. I don't mind adaptations that are unfaithful to the books, because sometimes there is a film/adaptation that is good on its own merits. But while it isn't as awful as Sittaford Mystery, which I found hard to sit through, I was disappointed with By The Pricking of My Thumbs. Starting with the good things the whole adaptation is lovingly filmed, with lovely scenery and costumes, and the music was pretty good. Then we have a great cast, Leslie Phillips, June Whitfield and Charles Dance standouts among the cast, and Greta Scacchi was delightful as Tuppence(though Francessca Annis in my opinion is better). However, Anthony Andrews I found too mannered as Tommy and Geraldine McEwan wasn't given that much to work with. And there were some effective scenes, the ending at least made sense. This leads to my problems with the adaptation though, the script is quite weak and the pacing is pedestrian. The direction is unfocused particularly in the middle and the storytelling is uneven. By all means it starts off well, but also taking into account numerous deviations from the book, there are a number of disconnected scenes that don't go anywhere. Overall, disappointing, not the worst of the Marples but one of the weaker ones in my opinion. 3/10 Bethany Cox


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