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"Agatha Christie's Marple" A Pocket Full of Rye (2008)

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Agatha Christie's Marple: Season 4: Episode 1 -- Who poisoned wealthy businessman Rex Fortescue? Miss Marple barely has time to ponder this question before her former maid Gladys turns up strangled on the Fortescue estate, a clothes peg stuck on her nose. The murders seem to bear an uncanny resemblance to a child's nursery rhyme. Miss Marple and Inspector Neele uncover clues from the dead man's shadowy past that may reveal a method to the madness.


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Original Air Date:
8 November 2008 (Season 4, Episode 1)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Julia McKenzie ... Miss Marple
Rose Heiney ... Gladys

Laura Haddock ... Miss Grosvenor

Kenneth Cranham ... Rex Fortescue (as Ken Cranham)
Thea Collings ... Tilly

Lucy Cohu ... Pat Fortescue

Rupert Graves ... Lance Fortescue

Matthew Macfadyen ... Inspector Neele

Edward Tudor-Pole ... Professor Bernsdorrf (as Edward Tudor Pole)

Ralf Little ... Sergeant Pickford

Helen Baxendale ... Mary Dove
Ken Campbell ... Crump
Anna Madeley ... Adele Fortescue

Joseph Beattie ... Vivian Dubois

Wendy Richard ... Mrs Crump

Ben Miles ... Percival Fortescue

Liz White ... Jennifer Fortescue

Hattie Morahan ... Elaine Fortescue

Paul Brooke ... Billingsley

Chris Larkin ... Gerald Wright

Prunella Scales ... Mrs Mackenzie
Rachel Atkins ... Sanatorium Sister
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Greg Bennett ... Police Constable
Andrew Care ... Doctor (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Charlie Palmer  (as Charles Palmer)
Writing credits
Agatha Christie (novel)

Kevin Elyot (screenplay)

Produced by
Michele Buck .... executive producer
Phil Clymer .... executive producer: Chorion
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH Boston
Matthew Hamilton .... line producer
Gabriel Silver .... co-producer
Karen Thrussell .... producer
Damien Timmer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dominik Scherrer 
Cinematography by
Cinders Forshaw (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Matthew Tabern 
Production Design by
Jeff Tessler 
Art Direction by
Miranda Cull 
Nic Pallace 
Costume Design by
Andrea Galer 
Makeup Department
Alison Elliott .... hair designer
Alison Elliott .... makeup designer
Julie Kendrick .... makeup artist
Marc Pilcher .... makeup artist
Lucy Samworth .... makeup artist
Production Management
Kate Stannard .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sean Clayton .... second assistant director
Paul Judges .... first assistant director
Danielle Somerfield .... third assistant director
Art Department
Tim Bonstow .... props buyer
Fred Foster .... stand-by construction
Tone Gibbs .... dressing props (as Tony Gibbs)
Paul Gilpin .... supervising art director
Jim Grindley .... prop master
Richard MacMillan .... props
Richard MacMillan .... stand-by props (as Richard Macmillian)
Paul Mitchell .... stand-by props
Robert Muskett .... stand-by construction (as Bob Muskett)
Spencer Robertson .... stand-by art director
Mike Syson .... dressing props
Gus Wookey .... construction manager
Naomi Moore .... assistant production buyer (uncredited)
Craig Price .... prop storeman (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Downer .... supervising sound editor
Sarah Morton .... dialogue editor
Ashley Reynolds .... boom operator
Andrew Sissons .... sound recordist
Nigel Squibbs .... re-recording mixer
Simon Epstein .... foley editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Graham Longhurst .... special effects coordinator
Tom Lucy .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Banwell .... focus puller (as Andy Banwell)
Paul Donachie .... camera operator
Ben Gibb .... clapper loader
Woody Gregson .... clapper loader
Nathan Mann .... focus puller
David Mills .... camera trainee: dailies
Rupert Morency .... assistant grip
Ronan Murphy .... grip
Adam Walker .... electrician
Gavin Walters .... gaffer
Peter Wing .... best boy
Casting Department
Susie Parriss .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Miranda King .... costume supervisor
Sarah Pasricha .... costume assistant (as Sara Pasricha)
Nadine Powell .... assistant costume designer
Diana Wyand .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... colorist
Simon Giblin .... on-line editor
Amar Ingreji .... assistant editor
Location Management
Mark Walledge .... assistant location manager
Chris White .... location manager
Robin Pim .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Richard Hammarton .... composer: additional music (as Richard Hammerton)
Transportation Department
David Grose .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Julie Burnell .... production executive
Natalie Cheary .... publicist
Sue Hills .... script supervisor
Faiza Hosenie .... production coordinator
Hannah Ireland .... production secretary
Ian Luxford .... post production producer
Ben Newman .... script editor
Caroline Sanders .... production accountant
Joanna Sanders .... assistant production accountant
Patrick Smith .... publicist
Tracey Waller .... title design
Donna Mabey .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Ken Campbell .... in memory of: 1941 to 2008
Wendy Richard .... in memory of: 1943 to 2009 (as Wendy Richard MBE)

Production Companies
  • ITV Studios (A Co-Production of) (as itv Studios)
  • WGBH (A Co-Production of) (as WGBH BOSTON)
  • Agatha Christie (in association with) (as Agatha Christie Ltd {a Chorion Company})
DistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
93 min
Australia:PG | UK:15 (video rating) (2010)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Julia McKenzie's debut as Miss Marple, 21 May 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

It's been many years since I've read the books, but it's my understanding that while the stories McEwan appeared in were rewritten Christie, this one, "A Pocketful of Rye" is more faithful to the book. Perhaps this bodes well for the McKenzie series.

The story concerns the Fortescue household - its patriarch, Rex, is poisoned. It comes out that he was running his business into the ground, according to his son Percival, who worked in the family firm.

Marple becomes involved when her former maid, who is working at the Fortescue household, winds up dead as well. Marple soon learns that plenty of people wanted Rex dead: His much younger wife, his son Percival, and his son Lance. And Rex's death is just the beginning, with the murders mimicking a nursery rhyme.

I notice on this board that there is a lot of discussion about the different Miss Marples. I've seen Margaret Rutherford, Angela Lansbury, Helen Hayes, Joan Hickson, Geraldine McEwan, and McKenzie. My favorite, of course, is Margaret Rutherford, who was hilarious but, like Peter Ustinov, she has nothing to do with the character created by Christie. However, both Ustinov and Rutherford's characterizations worked great in the movies.

Lansbury was delightful, but on the young side; McEwan, too knowing; Hickson, too dry with no warmth. For me, Helen Hayes and McKenzie are what I envisioned in the books. A sweet little old lady with a knowledge of people gleaned from living in the tiny village of St. Mary Mead.

And St. Mary Mead is one thing that's missing from all of these adaptations, at least the most recent ones. Someone commented that Miss Marple putting all these things together in a murder mystery is a bit of a stretch. But Miss Marple put everything together by remembering similar behavior in her village. It gave her keen insight into human nature. That thought process is never covered in these scripts. She just comes up with an answer with no explanation of how.

It was great to see Matthew MacFadyen of "MI-5" as the patient detective, very underplayed and just right. Rupert Graves was wonderful as Lance, charming and relaxed. Ben Miles was appropriately businesslike and uptight as Percival.

All in all, lovely scenery, good story, good performances, good direction.

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