Agatha Christie's Marple: Season 4, Episode 3

They Do It with Mirrors (19 Jul. 2009)

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A reformatory for delinquent boys run by Miss Marple's philanthropic friend becomes the scene of arson and poisoning, and ultimately murder.



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Emma Griffiths Malin ...
Jordan Long ...
Whitstable Ernest
Alexei Sayle ...
Johnny Restarick


Miss Marple is requested to help her old friend Carrie-Louise, the loving wife of benign philanthropist Lewis Serrocold. Carrie-Louise is slowly poisoned by an unknown hand,and her husband and her sister Ruth want absolutely to save her from this dark menace. Written by igorlongo

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When Jane arrives at the train station, the next train is announced as the 4:50 from Paddington. Both another famous Jane Marple mystery and the birth place of Joan Collins. See more »


The charred accounts letter has the year 1953, however in the intro, a morris minor convertible has a registration plate with year suffix letter E - which was 1 January 1967 - 31 July 1967. See more »


Remake of Murder with Mirrors (1985) See more »

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Gee, I saw this with Helen Hayes and Bette Davis
20 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I mean, Helen Hayes and Bette Davis - you're not going to beat it, so why redo it? Julia McKenzie stars as Miss Marple in this version of "They Do it With Mirrors," also starring Brian Cox, Penelope Wilton, and Elliot Cowan.

Ruth Van Rydock (Joan Collins) asks Miss Marple to find out what's going on with her sister Carrie-Louise, as there have been some strange happenings at her home. Carrie Louise has two daughters, Gina, who is adopted, and Mildred, her biological daughter, and she is currently married to her third husband, Lewis Serrocold (Brian Cox). Add this to the fact that Carrie Louise runs a training school for ex-cons on her property, and the place has lots of potential for problems.

Marple goes to stay at the house and learns that a fire destroyed most private papers; then Christian, Carrie Louise's stepson from her first marriage, is killed, and a note is found warning that someone is trying to poison Carrie-Louise. Then someone else is murdered.

The script for this stuck more to the actual story than some of these adapted mysteries do - there are some situations added, but nothing huge. Wilton was a very different Carrie-Louise, younger and rather than being fragile, as Davis was, she's more of an airhead, and her characterization works well. Ian Ogilvy is a visiting ex-husband, and it was nice to see him again as I really liked him on "The Saint." All in all, a good adaptation, and I really like McKenzie's Marple. Joan Collins was wasted in a small role; and she can do a better American accent than what she did here.

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