Agatha Christie's Marple: Season 2, Episode 4

The Sittaford Mystery (30 Apr. 2006)

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The death of the presumptive future PM is predicted during a séance in a snowbound country hotel and, not surprisingly, he is found stabbed to death the next morning.

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Clive Trevelyan
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Arthur Hopkins
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James Pearson
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Charles Burnaby
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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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For the fifth time in twenty-five years, Robert Hardy once again plays Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. See more »

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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 »

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Dr. Ambrose Burt: Shall I attempt an autopsy on the deceased? There's kitchen knives. Nutcrackers could be handy.
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In memory of Michael Attwell, 16 January 1943 to 18 March 2006. See more »

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While I have not read the book in a while, I do agree it is a great compelling story. I was hoping for something different to the unfaithful, not to mention disappointing, adaptations of Sleeping Murder and Nemesis. I got that, for all the wrong reasons. Sorry to disappoint those who loved this, but this is for me the worst Marple, not only because it is a travesty of an adaptation, but on its own terms I just couldn't get into it. Of course the acting was decent from Robert Hardy(despite the fact his character was unnecessary), Zoe Telford, Patricia Hodge and especially Timothy Dalton. Plus Geraldine McEwan gives an assured performance as Miss Marple despite the fact she isn't in the book, though I do prefer Joan Hickson, I occasionally find McEwan too fussy. And the production values, costumes and music were nice. Sadly that is the only praise I can give. The plot is often confusing with sometimes long and even pointless scenes, and the reviewers are right in saying it bears literally no resemblance to the book. (I try not to compare adaptations to books, but sometimes when I love a book and I am disappointed in an adaptation I feel I have to say so) Even worse was the pace, the first hour went by very slowly and it failed to get me excited or compelled. And maybe it is just me who feels this, but I found the dialogue often horrendously stilted, and I didn't like the character of James, I found him somewhat clichéd. The ending was very disappointing and didn't make sense, and there were times when the mystery itself seemed implausible. Overall, a huge disappointment. Had potential, didn't work. 2/10 for the production values and the acting. Bethany Cox


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