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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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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Oh dear
20 October 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

The Marple series continues like an incorrigibly naughty child. The producers are determined to misuse -- no, to trample on -- the original books whose titles they place at the beginning of their films. Their regular agenda seems to include the following: (a) Make everything as lurid as possible (b) set it in the early fifties, but force a trendy ethos upon the proceedings and (c) bring in lesbianism if at all possible. They did it all in this episode. It is a perfect textbook example of all that is wrong with the series.

That said, I have to admit that the original novel and the Hickson version of it are not particularly scintillating. However, this was not the way to liven it up.

Agatha Christie must be spinning in her grave at something close to the speed of light by now.


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