Partners in Crime (1983– )
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The Affair of the Pink Pearl 

Newly married but bored Tommy and Tuppence take over a defunct detective agency and are quickly hired to investigate the case of a stolen pink pearl.



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Episode cast overview:
Lady Laura Barton
Noel Dyson ...
Mrs Kingston Bruce
Arthur Cox ...
Hamilton Betts
Phyllis Betts (as Lynda Marchal)
Sussanah Morley ...
Beatrice Kingston Bruce (as Susannah Morley)
John Rennie
Ursula Mohan ...
Lawrence St. Vincent
Fleur Chandler ...
Janet Smith


Tuppence Beresford is bored to tears and longs for their adventurous days of not so long ago. She is thrilled when husband Tommy announces that he has bought Blunt's International Detective Agency on a 6-month trial basis. Client's are a bit of a rarity but Tuppence's solution to getting their first paying customer leads to a second who hires them to locate her house guest's missing pink pearls. The pearl had gone missing after an evening of bridge but the list of suspects narrows when one of the guests admits to kleptomania. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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16 October 1983 (UK)  »

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Phyllis Betts: [lasciviously] Tell me, just how blunt are you, Mr. Blunt?
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A different and delightful Agatha Christie – a British Nick & Nora!
20 August 2016 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

The light-hearted crime-fighting team of Tommy and Tuppence Beresford was created by Agatha Christie, perhaps as a counterweight to the graver Hercules Poirot and Miss Marple mysteries. Christie's grandson has said that her grandmother meant the Tommy and Tuppence stories as somewhat autobiographical , reflecting her happy life as the wife of Col. Christie, her first husband.

These two cheerful detectives are as smart as the other Christie 'tecs, but with a youthful flair that sets them apart.

As played by James Warwick and Francesca Annis, they might remind you of Nick and Nora Charles from "The Thin Man" series --- they have some of the same dash and wit, even if in a different setting. In 1983's "The Affair of the Pink Pearl", one of the British TV "Partners in Crime" series based on Tommy and Tuppence's adventures, they solve a cute little puzzle, while having a little fun.

It's all very light and well-done. The two stars are able farceurs and can keep up with each other in the rapid-fire dialogue. (Francesca Annis is perhaps too beautiful for the part – her looks steal every scene she's in.)

A little bit of TV history. One of the roles is played – and very well indeed -- by the British actress Lynda La Plante, who went on to greater fame as the writer of the remarkable "Prime Suspect" series, which starred Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison, detective extraordinaire.

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