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The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife 

Parker Pyne helps a middle-aged wife to recover the attention of her husband, a philandering business-man too interested in his pretty young secretary.



(short story), (adaptation)

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Episode cast overview:
Gwen Watford ...
Maria Packington
Peter Jones ...
George Packington
Maurice Denham ...
Angela Easterling ...
Rupert Frazer ...
Claude Luttrell
Kate Dorning ...
Nancy Purvis
Brenda Cowling ...
Miss Draper
Monica Grey ...
Linda Robson ...
Nick Curtis ...
Nicholas Cooke ...
Eric (as Nicholas Cook)


Dismayed that her husband George is ignoring her in favour of his much younger secretary Nancy, Maria Packington answers an advert guaranteeing to make her happier and ends up in Parker Pyne's office. As a result she is introduced to handsome young Claude Luttrell who makes her feel special, and eventually Maria and Claude 'bump into' George and Nancy, as a result of which George that what is sauce for the goose applies to the gander and returns to his wife. Claude lets Maria down gently by saying that he is a gigolo but will reform because of her so that she will always feel special. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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7 September 1982 (UK)  »

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Applies to all episodes: In the title sequence, a female character is typing on an old-fashioned manual typewriter. She repeatedly pushes the carriage back with her right hand. For western writing, you always push the carriage with your left hand. The carriage moves from right to left as you type, and then you push it back to the right to start the next line. See more »


Parker Pyne: Shall we, uh, drink... to your health and happiness?
Maria Packington: One being as important as the other.
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Nobody's Sweetheart Now
Music by Billy Meyers and Elmer Schoebel
Lyrics by Gus Kahn and Ernie Erdman
[Mr. Packington listens to radio]
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Early Short Story from the LATER "Queen of Crime"
8 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gwen Watford is a great character actress, and did very fine here indeed. Put the Parker Pyne and Miss Lemon duo together with her, and you have a jolly good show. Oh yes, there's a stereotypic husband doing the mid-life crisis to the hilt and a prescribed younger man for the neglected wife. It plays out well, with the early Parker Pyne (early to Christie works) being a treat with his intelligence guided by experience approach. We get to see the precursor of the maximum-ly efficient Miss Lemon later to be girl Friday to Poirot (as yet a gleam in the writer's eye).

Great production after you get over the British sound stage thing they invariably do on TV. Costumes by whomever for Ms. Watford were well appreciated. Age-old story refreshed, I thought, with Pyne and Lemon's statistical and informed interference.

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