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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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Rex Fortescue (as Ken Cranham)
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Professor Bernsdorrf (as Edward Tudor Pole)
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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 role of Wendy Richard who died before transmission in the UK. 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 »

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Version of Tayna chyornykh drozdov (1983) See more »

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Sing a Song of Sixpence
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Traditional
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6 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What I like about the current Marple series (now shown on PBS - this mystery was shown in America last night)...

Not only have most of the actors in these series of Christie mysteries had experience in rep theater in Britain, but the repeat use of some of the actors in the Poirot and Marple have become their own "Christie" rep group! I like that.

I have no criticism of using the different actors in the role of Jane Marple. These accomplished actors are giving their interpretations to what's become a mythic role in the Christie oeuvre. The each bring their theater background to the role and that's great!


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