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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Prunella Scales plays Mrs. Mackenzie in this version while her husband Timothy West had previously appeared in the BBC adaptation Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye (1985) as Rex Fortescue. See more »

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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 »

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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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Loved Julia McKenzie as the new Miss Marple
14 July 2009 | by (Shreveport LA) – See all my reviews

I thought nothing could replace the superior work done by Joan Hickson, as my favorite Christie character of Miss Marple. But Julia McKenzie does a pretty good job of it. I thoroughly enjoyed "Pocketful of Rye," and loved seeing my Miss Marple as Christie meant her to be. The story also is very close to Christie's writing, down to the ending. No more cutesy background music, and garish colored backgrounds either. This Miss Marple is down to earth and I'm the more happier for it! If I had one complaint to make, it's the annoying close-up's of the actors faces! At least they've given up twisting the camera at nauseating angles like the previous seasons, but we really don't need to see that much FACE. I could actually see every wrinkle, and even veins in their eyeballs. I hope that the series with Julia McKenzie will continue. Most of the better Miss Marple stories have been done in the first three seasons and they were very poorly done in my opinion. But I am a Marple fan so I'll be checking out future episodes.


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