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

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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 .... 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
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 Russell .... production accountant
Joanna Sanders .... assistant production accountant
Patrick Smith .... publicist
Mark Walledge .... assistant location manager
Tracey Waller .... title design
Chris White .... location manager
Donna Mabey .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Robin Pim .... location manager (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?

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) (TV) as Rex Fortescue.See more »
Continuity: When Lancelot returns home for the first time he is met at the door by Mary Dove whom he greets as 'Miss Dove', however, later during tea with his family he asks who the woman who answered the door was alluding that he had never met her before.See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Half a spoof,half a movie...., 4 July 2010
Author: igorlongo from Italy

The first outing of McKenzie as Marple was certainly a difficult one.As other fellows reviewers have remarked it,they were so eager to not disappoint purists that poor Julia(an excellent actress indeed) was left with nothing to do except to be a nice and understanding but not so clever schoolmistress,totally lacking the sharp and steely glint in the eyes making Joan and Geraldine two very different but equally redoutables birds of prey.Without a touch of eccentricity,present usually in all the versions of Marple( in Joan Hickson it was her complete lack of pity,as a sort of righteous Madame Defarge ,a real Nemesis with a scourge and a whip in her arthritical hands;in Geraldine McEwan it was her dizzy and batty compassionate understanding of everyone,ruthless or hopeless as they could be)it's quite impossible to understand why a serious copper as Matthew McFadyen was compelled to hear her theories.Luckily ,after a bit of confusion here and in Evans,Great Julia has found her way,partially in Easy and very skillfully in the marvelous Mirrors,and now is at last a Superior Sleuth as Marple must be. Same can be told of this version of Rye.The first half of the movie is actually a version not of the book but of the T R Bowen version of the book.But it's a very telegraphed version ,and so overacted that the result is simply a not so pleasant spoof of the previous movie:gosh,if I want to watch Hickson ,I watch Hickson ,not a second rate version of her movies.The second half,instead,when they had finished everything it was put in the Hickson movie,magically the movie picked its own shape,the characters like creepy Mary Dove ,batty Jennifer and stuffy Percival were better developed and the very good actors had at last something to act(not Lance,Rupert Graves was always good from the beginning ,as the excellent McFadyen).People acting only in the first half of the movie as a particularly pointless Cranham(he was a much better Rex Fortescue when he played George Barton in Sparkling Cyanide) were left with nothing to do.People appearing only in the second half as sinister Prunella Scales and slick and soapy Larkin were luckier and more in the possibility to make a good impression,even if their parts were so short! No, Kevin Elyot is perhaps the better adapter of Christie works.But they must left him to fight for himself,without the obligation to steps in other one's shoes.And in Mirror Crack'd ,he has demonstrated again that he can do something good in itself ,without the silly burden to mimic past versions of the same book.But until now ,They Do It With Mirrors is the only McKenzie movie standing out as a very good ,flawless TV Movie on the same level of the better Hicksons and McEwans.

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