Agatha Christie's Marple: Season 3, Episode 1

At Bertram's Hotel (23 Sep. 2007)

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Miss Marple spends a holiday in a luxurious London hotel. The sinister atmosphere, the odd disappearance of a clergyman and the murder of the commissionaire moves her on the trail of a clever criminal gang.

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Miss Marple finds herself on a bit of a holiday and staying at the very posh Bertram's Hotel, where she stayed as a child and for which she has very fond memories. Things take a sinister turn when a hotel maid, Tilly Rice, is found strangled on the roof. Miss Marple can't help but investigate but is assisted by Jane Cooper, also a hotel maid, who is in fact a younger version of Miss Marple. When an attempt is made on the life of a hotel guest, Elvira Blake the two Janes work together to find the motive and the identity of the killer. Written by garykmcd

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In the opening minutes, as Miss Marple stares in wonderment at the lobby of Bertram's Hotel, the manager is on the phone and says, "Uh, no, I'm afraid Miss Otis regrets she's unable to lunch today." The line is from the 1934 Cole Porter song "Miss Otis Regrets" performed by many artists including Ella Fitzgerald and 'Nat 'King' Cole', and more recently by Bette Midler on the final episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). See more »

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When the inspector and the maid are on the roof, the view is of the Houses of Parliament with St Paul's Cathedral behind and to the left, St Paul's is about two miles east of the Houses of Parliament. See more »

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Inspector Larry Bird: [during questioning] But the real reason for your stay is to design hats?
Mutti: Ja. In Berlin now, there is no hat industry. But then, in Berlin now, there is no hats. And no industry.
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I don't know what to say really, other than to say I thought this adaptation was awful
5 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Before I start criticising At Bertram's Hotel, I did like the production values, the hotel, photography and costumes were very nice. However, that is the only praise I can give this adaptation- not all the Marple ITV adaptations are awful, though I confess I have been more disappointed in them more than delighted in them. The book At Bertram's Hotel admittedly was never a favourite of mine, it is certainly worth reading though, and although it was a little slow the Joan Hickson adaptation was very good. Back to this adaptation, before I saw this I was convinced I had seen the worst with Sittaford Mystery, merely because I couldn't get into it, but this adaptation I am sorry to say is not only the worst Marple but one of the worst adaptations of Agatha Christie's books. It is true At Bertram's Hotel is a bowdlerisation of the book, with plot changes that are enough to make fans gasp with dismay at the finished product, but that is the least of its problems. The direction is very clumsy, the story is meandering, the music is too loud and obtrusive, the pacing has a tendency to be too rushed, the dialogue is stilted, the sound is distracting, the characters are devoid of depth and any proper personality(especially Bess Sedgewick) and the acting wasn't great. Usually the cast makes the adaptations worth watching, but Geraldine McEwan looks lost and Martine McCuthcheon is more annoying than charming. Polly Walker and Francessca Annis often have given delightful performances- I loved Annis in Partners in Crime(and in the divine mini-series Lillie) and Polly Walker was a revelation in her debut in Agatha Christie Poirot:Peril At End House- but they can't do anything with their characters, while Emily Beecham is disappointingly dull. Overall, by all means if you want to see it do, but personally I thought it was awful. 1/10 Bethany Cox


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