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:
Kay Strange (as Zoe Tapper)
Ted Latimer
Audrey Strange
Mary Aldin
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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1.78 : 1
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The original 1944 novel has Superintendent Battle as the chief investigator and does not feature Miss Marple at all. 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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Not the best new Marple, but a decent romp
30 January 2007 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Geraldine MacEwan shines again in this latest installment of the updated Marple series from Britain: Marple is holidaying in Devon to visit a bedridden school chum whose family is descending upon her coastal manor. Among them are a tennis star, his first wife and his second, new wife who seem to be at odds; a meek and quiet family friend; and an apparent gigolo friend of the second wife. Add into the mix Tom Baker as an aged veteran who may or may not recognize a murderer from years past and you have a classic recipe for mystery.

The locales are picturesque and the characters as eccentric and distinct as in past episodes, however something feels very dull and pedestrian about this particular Marple outing. Perhaps because there are fewer likable characters this time round or because Miss Marple seems unusually subdued this time out.

It's worth a watch but certainly not the finest in the series.

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