Agatha Christie's Marple: Season 4, Episode 1

A Pocket Full of Rye (5 Jul. 2009)

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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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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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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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Hugely enjoyable Agatha Christie mystery!
7 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A Pocket Full of Rye was hugely enjoyable, and a definitive improvement over the other recent Marples with Geraldine McEwan. I will admit I was worried, after how poorly Nemesis and Sleeping Murder were adapted. Julia McKenzie, though she could have done with more screen time, was terrific as Jane Marple. While Joan Hickson is the definitive Marple, MacKenzie fitted the part much better than Geraldine McEwan. When I picture Miss Marple I picture a wise and clever woman, exactly how Joan Hickson portrayed her, and MacKenzie actually manged to stay true to the character of the books too. As for the adaptation itself, I admit I haven't read the book, it was beautifully filmed, and the music was good too. The acting is very fine, from Kenneth Cranham, Prunella Scales, Rupert Graves to the late Wendy Richard, and are careful not to overshadow MacKenzie as she clearly enjoys herself here, and as the series develops as I do hope it will, she will develop too. The story is very clever, and the final solution with a couple of red herrings along the way, is very unpredictable, I was left gob smacked when I found out who the murderer really was. And I never realised Sing A Song Of Sixpence had such an ominous feel to it, and it ws put to good use here. All in all, hugely enjoyable, and a definitive improvement on the Geraldine McEwan outings. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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