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At Bertram's Hotel 

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
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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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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23 September 2007 (UK)  »

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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 »


When Miss Marple enters the stairwell to try to get to the roof to see the first victim she somehow does not manage to see the two burly police officers until the camera has panned across to have them in frame, even though she should have seen them as soon as she opened the stairwell door..

She then meets a maid who fears her an alternate route to the scene of the crime, directly in front of the same police officers who should have had no problem hearing their plans. 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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Quite complex and interesting
9 July 2016 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Miss Marple takes a holiday, staying at the posh Bertram's Hotel in London. The hotel has sentimental value to her as she remembers going there as a child and is very fond of the place. At the hotel she meets a range of celebrities, including Louis Armstrong. One such celebrity is Bess Sedgwick whose husband died recently, leaving his entire estate to her. Her two daughters are there too. She starts getting death threats and when a maid dies the police think that Ms Sedgwick was the actual target. Miss Marple and Inspector Bird investigate but the real sleuth is maid Jane Cooper...

Quite intriguing with a touch of sentimentality and romance thrown in too. Rather complex, almost to the point of being far-fetched. The murderer revelation has many detours and red herrings...

Miss Marple takes a back seat in this one, leaving the detective work to Jane Cooper. This makes for some tense, and sometimes amusing scenes, and generally works. The episode would have been a lot less interesting if Miss Marple was doing all the detective work.

Quest stars include Stephen Mangan as Inspector Bird, Martine McCutcheon as Jane Cooper and Polly Walker as Bess Sedgwick.

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