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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Isabella Parriss ...
Hotel Doorman 1891
Adam Smethurst ...
Cab Driver
Tony Bignell ...
Brigit Milford
Charles Kay ...
Nicholas Burns ...
Jack Britten / Joel Britten
Mica Paris ...
Amelia Walker


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 »


The reason stated for the murder is that the daughter won't inherit under the will because it references her as the daughter from his "first marriage" when her father's second marriage wasn't valid. This wouldn't matter. She would still be the daughter of the first marriage. Even if the will was found invalid for some reason, it would enter probate under intestacy, and, as the daughter, she would inherit even more than she would have under the will. See more »


Miss Marple: Who sends a written death threat? Surely not someone who truly intends to kill the recepient. It's common sense not to warn them.
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Murder - Of The Plot That Is!
30 December 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I can only think that they had to broadcast this as it had been made, and the money spent; if this were a movie, I'm not sure it would have even made it to DVD! As a massive fan of the 'Hickson' versions, and the truly marvellous production values of the BBC at the time, I had a nasty feeling this wasn't going to go well. It might have been advisable for them not to even attempt Bertrams, as even the BBC adaptation was a little hard going; but I knew in less than 5 minutes this was far worse than I could imagine - poor Geraldine McEwan, why did she even agree to do this, she's not that hard up is she - oh for Mapp & Lucia! Whoever wrote/ directed/ edited this should hang their heads, unfortunately, I doubt they even know what we're all complaining about, for this production shows no understanding of the original material, and worse no respect for it either - better than Ms Christie are we? To bring any of her works to the screen with a successful outcome, requires both a very firm hand and yet a feather light touch of the rudder, as Agatha has set you on the correct course in the first place, the former is required to prevent the modern world ruining a classic as has been done here.

No crime scene investigation necessary - the Prime Suspects know who they are - Life me thinks!

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