The death of the presumptive future Prime Minister is predicted during a séance in a snowbound country hotel, and he is found stabbed to death in his room the next morning.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Trevelyan
Robert Hickson ...
Arthur Hopkins
James Pearson
Charles Burnaby
Ian Hallard ...
Emily Trefusis
Ahmed Ghali
John Enderby
Rita Tushingham ...
Miss Elizabeth Percehouse
Stanley Kirkwood
Dr. Ambrose Burt
Martin Zimmerman


When Clive Trevelyan - Member of Parliament, war hero and heir apparent to Prime Minister Winston Churchill- is killed, Miss Marple sets about to solve the case. Trevelyan has made his fortune many years before in Egypt having secretly uncovered a lost tomb. He is killed during a major snowstorm when there are no police available. There are several possible suspects including Trevelyan's ward, James Pearson and his fiancée Emily Trefusis; his political agent, John Enderby; a journalist Charles Burnaby; a visiting American Martin Zimmerman; and several other apparently disinterested parties. A convict has also escaped from Dartmoor prison. Miss Marple concludes that Trevalyan's murder is related to his days in Egypt and sets about to identify the murderer. Written by garykmcd

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30 April 2006 (USA)  »

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Timothy Dalton (Clive Trevelyan) previously played Agatha Christie's first husband Colonel Archibald Christie in Agatha (1979). See more »


In the scene where Miss Marple explains the murder's solution, just after 'Charles' falls into the ground, the feet of a crew member can be seen at the left bottom of the screen. See more »


Ahmed Ghali: Why did the Captain not return last night?
Miss Jane Marple: It's all a mystery at the moment, Mr. Ghali.
Ahmed Ghali: I shall pray for his soul.
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In memory of Michael Attwell, 16 January 1943 to 18 March 2006. See more »

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Terrible - A bad adaptation of a great story
6 May 2006 | by (Brighton) – See all my reviews

I agree with all the other comments from Christie fans. It was terrible and especially disappointing for me as "The Sittaford Mystery" is one of my favourites. I was looking forward to a TV adaptation, even if they added Miss Marple to it.

There is not much I can add to the other comments - They changed the murderer for goodness sake, how much worse can it get!!. I especially disliked the weird camera angles as it made it even harder to watch.

I don't think it is the inclusion of Miss Marple that makes this adaptation so bad. She could have fitted quite well in the Sittaford Mystery if they hadn't so radically changed the plot. In the book the murder happens within the first few pages so to let it build up for an hour without much happening was a real drag.

Considering how well ITV adapt the Poirot novels it is a shame they've done so badly with Marple.

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