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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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Writers:
Agatha Christie (novel)
Kevin Elyot (screenplay)
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Original Air Date:
8 November 2008 (Season 4, Episode 1)
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Plot:
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 »
User Reviews:
Loved Julia McKenzie as the new Miss Marple See more (19 total) »

Cast

 (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
 
Stunts
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)
 
Thanks
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})
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Runtime:
93 min
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Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:15 (video rating) (2010)

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Trivia:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of Tayna chyornykh drozdov (1983)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sing a Song of SixpenceSee more »

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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Loved Julia McKenzie as the new Miss Marple, 14 July 2009
Author: cloeso9 from Shreveport LA

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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