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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19 February 2006 (USA)  »

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With regard to when the drama was set, there is a scene where one of the characters, (Tuppence, if memory serves), goes through some envelopes, one of which bears a Queen Elizabeth II postage stamp. As the Queen did not ascend the throne until 1952, and the design changed in 1954, the year has to be between those two dates, 1952-54. See more »


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 »


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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ONLY watch if you've never read the books
28 December 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

If you have read the book By The Pricking Of My Thumbs, you will not be happy with this very loosely based adaptation.

It's not just that they changed some of the plot, which they certainly have. They have changed the characters of both Tommy and Tuppence Beresford in fundamental ways. A lot of reviews have already mentioned the turning of Tuppence into a bored, frustrated and alcoholic hausfrau, but they've done a similar disservice to Tommy. The Tommy Beresford of the books and of the '80s series was, while frequently alarmed at Tuppence's forthrightness and fearlessness, was always supportive of her and very proud of her too. In this adaptation, he's been turned into a disapproving, snobbish and judgmental bore who would drive any woman to the bottle.

Injecting Miss Marple in a Tommy and Tuppence story is not nearly as bothersome as the hatchet job done to their characters. I guess they felt they had to 'dumb down' Tuppence to make Miss Marple the only smart female? In the book, it's Tuppence that solves the case through her tenaciousness and intuition. The older Tuppence is as bright and inquisitive and positive as she was in her younger days, not the sad sod of a woman she is in this movie.

All in all, if you liked this hatchet job at all, go and read the book. It's miles better. And do seek out the '80s series with a bright and beautiful Francesca Annis as Tuppence. The only reason I don't give it lower than 3 stars is that the cinematography was okay, and Miss Marple did not bother me too much.

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