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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Good on its own merits, and believe me the pros outweigh the cons, but disappointing as an adaptation.
16 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Murder Is Easy isn't at all dire, and I think it is unfair to say it has no redeeming qualities. Flawed it is, and not quite as good as Pocket Full of Rye, it is well worth watching. One reason is the splendid photography, and the wonderful period detail. The scenes down by the river in particular were beautifully shot. Julia McKenzie, despite the fact that Miss Marple isn't in the book, is evidently making the most of her role and is settling in quite nicely. Of course I have always said that Joan Hickson is the best Miss Marple, but McKenzie brings a certain wisdom and sparkle to her interpretation, and it was lovely to see. The music score was beautiful, very haunting yet had a tragic undertone to it. However, as an adaptation it is disappointing, though I will say right now, I prefer this adaptation above almost all the Geraldine McEwan adaptations, save Murder is Announced and Murder At the Vicarage. The plot does suffer from a number of deviations from the text, and came across sometimes as a tad confusing, and there was about half an hour when I barely knew who the characters were. Another problem was some of the dialogue, including (forgive my vague recollection) the Major's conversation with the sergeant about golf, when he was asked to give his alibi. The sergeant's dim-witted responses came across as rather awkward. Though I will say the acting was fine, with good performances from Anna Chancellor, Sylvia Syms and Lyndsey Marshall. Shirley Henderson- I am still trying to get over the fact she played Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets- overdoes it slightly in the role of Honoria Wainfleet though. Overall, disappointing but not all bad. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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