Agatha Christie's Marple: Season 4, Episode 2

Murder Is Easy (12 Jul. 2009)

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A village is plagued by a spate of seemingly accidental deaths, but Miss Marple is convinced a more sinister hand is involved when a villager on her way to Scotland Yard is conveniently dispatched.



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While traveling on a train to London, Miss Marple is told by a woman she has never met, Lavinia Pinkerton, that she is certain there have been two murders in her village of Wychwood. When Lavinia dies in what is purported to be an accident - she fell, or was pushed, down the escalator in a tube station - Miss Marple decides to visit Wychwood and see what she can find. As Miss Marple is apt to say, one English village is like another and Wychwood has its secrets like any other. The first woman to die was Florie Gibbs who, despite being experienced in such things, supposedly ate poison mushrooms she picked herself. The second was the local vicar who failed to wear his mask when using poison near his beehives. The third is a young woman who, it is said, accidentally drank hat dye instead of her cough medicine. Miss Marple finds a clue that points to a motive with origins many years before and a secret someone will do anything, including murder, to keep hidden. Written by garykmcd

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murder is easy but adapting Christie, apparently, is not
18 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I guess the Christie estate doesn't care what anyone does to Agatha Christie books, as long as they get their money.

I like very much what one reviewer on this site said, "good on its own merits." Alas, when watching the Julia MacKenzie and Geraldine McEwan Marples, you have to forget about Agatha Christie entirely and just focus on what's in front of you. And most of the time, that has nothing to do with the original story.

I saw a version of this in the '80s with Helen Hayes, whom I always thought was the best Marple. She's the one I pictured when reading the books, a woman with a sparkle in her eye and loads of charm. McKenzie has this; Hickson for me was too dry and serious; and McEwan is too knowing for a small town lady.

I watched this version because of my adoration of Benedict Cumberbatch, who was gorgeous in his way in this, playing the role of Luke.

Miss Marple (MacKenzie) meets a lady on a train who talks about murder being easy and is en route to Scotland Yard. She's nervous for her own life. Minutes later, when off the train, she falls down some escalator steps. Or was she pushed? Reading about her death, Miss Marple becomes instantly suspicious and travels to the town, which has had a few accidental deaths. They have still more once she gets there. Slowly but surely she uncovers a web of blackmail, illegitimacy, suspected abortion and more, all stemming from a situation that took place years earlier.

Beautifully photographed with lovely performances, this is a good TV movie -- on its own merits -- with very good acting all around. I will say pay attention - there are lots of murders and lots of characters.

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