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"Agatha Christie's Marple" By the Pricking of My Thumbs (2006)

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Stewart Harcourt (screenplay)
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Original Air Date:
5 February 2006 (Season 2, Episode 3)
Miss Marple joins forces with Tommy and Tuppence Beresford to find the murderer of Tommy's Aunt Ada. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Geraldine McEwan ... Miss Marple
Chloe Pennington ... Young Hannah
Oliver Jordan ... Young Ethan

Anthony Andrews ... Tommy / Tommy Beresford

Greta Scacchi ... Tuppence Beresford

Clare Holman ... Miss Packard
Miriam Karlin ... Marjorie Moody
June Whitfield ... Mrs. Lancaster

Claire Bloom ... Aunt Ada

Steven Berkoff ... Mr. Eccles
Patrick Barlow ... Mr. Timothy

O.T. Fagbenle ... Chris Murphy (as O-T Fagbenle)
Jody Halse ... Amos Perry

Josie Lawrence ... Hannah Beresford

Michael Maloney ... Dr. Joshua Waters

Michelle Ryan ... Rose Waters
Michael Begley ... Ethan Maxwell

Lia Williams ... Nellie Bligh

Charles Dance ... Septimus Bligh

Bonnie Langford ... Betty Johnson
Brian Conley ... Eric Johnson

Leslie Phillips ... Sir Philip Starke

Eliza Bennett ... Nora Johnson
Florence Strickland ... Jane Eyre
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jessica Brown Findlay ... Rosie (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Peter Medak 
Writing credits
Stewart Harcourt (screenplay)

Agatha Christie (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Michele Buck .... executive producer
Phil Clymer .... executive producer: for Chorion plc
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH
Matthew Read .... producer
Bill Shephard .... line producer
Damien Timmer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dominik Scherrer 
Cinematography by
James Welland (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ron Davis 
Casting by
Susie Parriss 
Production Design by
Rob Harris 
Set Decoration by
Claire Nia Richards  (as Claire Richards)
Costume Design by
Frances Tempest 
Makeup Department
Ann Buchanan .... makeup designer
Emma Sheldrick .... makeup artist
Tamara Walsh .... makeup artist
Xanthia White .... makeup artist
Production Management
David Campbell-Bell .... unit manager
Kate Stannard .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Bates .... second assistant director
Adam Jenkins .... third assistant director
Henry Tomlinson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dave Channon .... construction manager (as David Channon)
Suzie Davies .... stand-by art director
Phil Harvey .... senior art director
Mickey Lennon .... property master (as Micky Lennon)
Jo Riddell .... assistant art director
Fanny Taylor .... production buyer
Garry Dawson .... stand-by props (uncredited)
Kevin Day .... stand-by prop (uncredited)
Kay Mitchell .... runner: art department (uncredited)
Sound Department
Orin Beaton .... boom operator
John Downer .... supervising sound editor
Billy Mahoney .... dubbing mixer
Sarah Morton .... dialogue editor
John Rodda .... sound recordist
Joanne Dunphy .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Adam Powell .... foley editor (uncredited)
Nigel Squibbs .... assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Nrinder Dhudwar .... stunt coordinator
Stephanie Carey .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bailie .... focus puller
Chris Bird .... best boy
John Cooling .... stand-by rigger
Steve Ellingworth .... grip
Jeremy Hiles .... camera operator
Jon White .... lighting gaffer
John Bailie .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Billy Charlton .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill Avery .... wardrobe mistress
Nelle Ormrod .... assistant costume designer
Adrian Simmons .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Ian Johnson .... assistant editor
Dave Mason .... telecine colourist
Matthew Newman .... additional editing (as Mat Newman)
Sion Penny .... on-line editor (as Siôn Penny)
Location Management
Susannah Booker .... supervising location manager (as Susie Booker)
Duncan Flower .... location manager
Music Department
Richard Hammarton .... orchestrator: score (uncredited)
Other crew
Paula Casarin .... script supervisor
Natalie Cheary .... publicist
Catherine Golding .... production secretary
Jude Liknaitzky .... assistant script editor
Kate McKerrell .... script editor
Justin Miller .... assistant accountant
Tony Miller .... production accountant
Luke Morrison .... publicist
Angela Pyle .... production coordinator
Patrick Smith .... publicist
Tracey Waller .... title design
Jon Williams .... production executive
Francis Lambert .... unit medic (uncredited)
Jen Lambert .... unit nurse (uncredited)
Zoe Meskell .... daily floor runner (uncredited)
Kay Mitchell .... production runner (uncredited)
Lee Russell .... rushes runner (uncredited)

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93 min | USA:102 min
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 (2012) (TV) | UK:PG (video rating) (2006)

Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Septimus Bligh:Why do you drink?
Tuppence Beresford:Why do you?
Septimus Bligh:[Bitterly] Because life is empty of meaning.
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41 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
All a bit of a yawn!,, 28 August 2006
Author: benbrae76

I had reservations about the combining of Tommy & Tuppence with Miss Marple, and wondered how it would be achieved. It was really rather clever at first. However the transformation of Tuppence Beresford into a bored housewife with a drink problem, is somewhat at odds with the character that Agatha Christie created. If anything Tuppence was always the brighter and more forthright of the married couple, and there was never ever a suggestion by Dame Agatha that such a weakness existed.

The Beresfords visit Tommy's Aunt Ada at the nursing home in which she is living, where they hear of a supposed murder of a child in bygone years. A week or so later Tuppence is told of said Auntie's sudden death and treats the news with suspicion. Then she learns that Ada's friend Mrs Lancaster (June Whitfield, the BBC radio Miss Marple) had suddenly disappeared that same evening. Whilst Tommy is away on MI6 business, Tuppence and Jane Marple (who had also been a-visiting at the home) join forces to solve the mystery.

I read this Tommy and Tuppence tale years ago, but it's storyline has faded from my memory, so I can't tell (apart from the fact that Jane Marple wasn't in the novel) how much this production has veered from the original. Plot-wise, "By the Pricking of my Thumbs" is not a bad whodunit, but the under-played performances from the top stars on display here were sadly lack-lustre. It was only a yawn or two that actually kept me awake. Overall this production is only slightly better than "Sleeping Murder" (which was nothing but utter carnage).

I just cannot understand why there is a pathological insistence, particularly in this series, of wanting to change something purely for the sake of change? Will there next be an attempt to have Poirot solving Marple mysteries, and vice-versa, or will Superintendent Battle solve the lot? And will someone then come up with the idea of the collecting together Hercule Poirot, Jane Marple, Supt Battle, Parker Pyne, Mr Quinn, Tommy & Tuppence, and calling them "The Seven Scanner Eyes"? Why can't they leave Dame Agatha alone? Would they have the gall to treat Charles Dickens in such a scandalous way? Can I suggest Wilkins Micawber to solve "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"? I don't think that anyone can deny Dame Agatha Christie's place in classical literature, even if most of her works are "only" murder mysteries. (Let's face it, one of the founders of the "whodunits" genre was Wilkie Collins, a contemporary and close friend of Charles Dickens, and even the latter dabbled.) I'm sure Christie worked out her plots in precise detail, which is probably why they've stood the test of time, whereas lesser authors' works have been forgotten. Which is all the more reason why they should not be taken apart and tarted up. Especially by screen writers who couldn't hold a candle to her, and are not fit to hold her pen.

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