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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.



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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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Exactly Like You
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
[Sung by Nick Curtis in nightclub]
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Long and dry, not a mystery
16 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I bought the First set of 2 CD's because it said the Agatha Christie Hour.

This episode, the first really stinks. I thought it was going to be a mystery but it is more of a husband and wife not connecting after so many years and the wife thinks he is cheating on her with a employee.

The husband has a business and is pushover for a pretty women that works for him. The young woman plays helpless, needs money and uses her charm to get it from her employer.

The wife goes to a agency, I think detective agency I am not sure and the man she hires sends a younger man to start taking her dancing and to dinner. He makes her feel important. He is much younger then her but he seems to really care about her.

At a nightclub the husband and wife meet. She is with the young man and the husband is with his young blond employee.

The story is interesting but was not what I expected. I watched the second episode same thing but it had more mystery.

I would say "The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife and In a Glass Darkly. deal with rich people, dancing and dinner. At least there was no swearing or sex. So I may start liking the series more--depending.

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