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A Pocket Full of Rye 

A detestable businessman is murdered while at work, and a handful of rye is found in his pockets. Soon after, members of his household fall victim to a killer intent on recreating scenes from a popular nursery rhyme.

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When Rex Fortescue dies while sitting at his desk in the City, it's determined that he was in fact poisoned. He was married to a much younger wife, who now stands to inherit. His son Percival, a partner in the family firm, was a disappointment to him and a daughter, Elaine, hasn't amounted to much. Another son, Lance, had a falling out with his father many years before and relocated to East Africa. He suddenly appears soon after his father's death claiming that they had reconciled and been invited by him to return to England with an offer to rejoin the firm. Miss Marple takes a particular interest in the case when her former maid Gladys, now working in the Fortescue household, is also murdered. She soon learns that the elder Fortescue had received veiled threats for some time and that they might have something to do with a long ago business deal that made his initial fortune. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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5 July 2009 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The last TV project for both Ken Campbell and Wendy Richard. Campbell died during post production; Richard passed away nearly a year after filming was completed. See more »

Goofs

When Miss Marple is going through Gladys' belongings, she finds a postcard from the alleged boyfriend. When the card is first seen, it has two stamps on it; moments later, when Miss Marple, crosses the room toward the window and the card is seen for the second time, there is only one stamp on it. See more »

Connections

Version of Tayna chyornykh drozdov (1983) See more »

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Bye Bye Blackbird
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Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
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Julia McKenzie shines in "Pocketful of Rye"
28 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Julia McKenzie makes her debut as Miss Marple in a finely tuned Agatha Christie story. Not only is McKenzie very good as the village amateur sleuth, but the story is terrific and a close adaptation to the original book. I noticed some recognizable faces including Matthew Macfayden (MI-5), as the Inspector. Although I recognized the name, I had to double-check that it was actually the late Wendy Richards (Are you Being Served?) as Mrs. Crump. McKenzie makes a more intellectual, sympathetic and serious Miss Marple in her tailored suit and sensible shoes. I've read almost all of Christie's books in the past few years and think she's perfectly fine in the role, if not a tad youngish. I'm looking forward to the next episodes. From the previews there will be the usual non-Marple stories in the mix, but I've learned to keep an open mind.


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