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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The Purloined Pearl
24 December 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although not as known to today's audiences or maybe I should qualify that as today's American audiences, Agatha Christie's Tommy And Tuppence Beresford were a delightful husband and wife team of sleuths and in this episode we see them start a detective business.

James Warwick as Tommy and Francesca Annis as Tuppence after the First World War are leading a desultory life and buy the Blunt Detective Agency to liven their lives up. Both are like Nick and Nora Charles though Tuppence helps a lot more than Nora.

They get two cases, the first is solved with an extraordinary bit of luck on Annis's part. That brings them a second, a purloined pearl taken at an English country house during a party.

A guest list of suspects is whittled down and eventually leads to the apprehension of the thief. As an Christie stories in the end it all seems quite logical.

For Christie fans the world over.

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