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Towards Zero 

A wealthy woman holds a party at her Devon estate for family and friends. When a solicitor and the hostess herself are both murdered, Miss Marple tries to find a clever killer with a devious plan.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Miss Marple
Kay Strange (as Zoe Tapper)
Ted Latimer
Nevile Strange
Mary Aldin
Frederick Treves
Lady Tressilian
Greg Rusedski ...
Wendy Nottingham ...
Mrs Rogers
Amelda Brown ...
Eleanor Turner-Moss ...
Guy Williams ...
Dr Lazenby


Miss Marple is visiting an old school friend, Lady Camilla Tressilian, along with an eclectic group: Neville Strange and his wife Kay, his former wife Audrey and her childhood friend and cousin Thomas Royde, Ted Latimer (who is something of a gigolo and very attracted to Kay Strange) and finally Freddie Treves, a retired solicitor. When Treves is found dead the day after a dinner party at Lady Tressilian's home and Lady Tressilian herself is found bludgeoned to death a short time later, Miss Marple must sort through the complex set of relationships among all the players, and determine what role the tale of a child's crime may have had to play in the deaths. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

3 August 2008 (UK)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tom Baker later revealed on his DVD commentary for "The Robots of Death" that he was surprised there had been no rehearsal for the actors when he made this guest appearance on Miss Marple. See more »


A close-up shot of a man, who has died with his eyes wide open, clearly show his pupils are contracted and narrow under the strong light. The pupils would be dilated if the person was actually dead. See more »


Version of Towards Zero (2007) See more »

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Tennis Volley
9 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

You never know what you are going to get with these Marples. Its always a mystery, but sometimes you will hit a happy combination of story, adapter and director. This is such a happy time. I do not know the director, but can see that he has substantial experience in at least staging and getting the actors adjusted to the enterprise. Some of these actors are known to us, and they really are comparatively excellent.

One character, the rich old woman, is a terrific character, worth admission by herself. The mystery is kept pretty close to the narrative so you have a pretty good chance of actually working on it. Usually, the deal is that you just have to wait until the end and act surprised. Oddly, the denouement here on a boat is the only weak segment. The detective trick this time is easy to spot if you know the sorts of tricks Christie liked to play with the Marple series. That business about tennis should be a clue.

Saffron Burrows must have it hard, being able to be cast as a pretty one. Here she manages to be something else, a rather sorry face in fact until the very end where she is transformed. Pretty good effect if you know the actress.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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