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"Agatha Christie's Marple" They Do It with Mirrors (2009)

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Original Air Date:
4 April 2009 (Season 4, Episode 3)
A reformatory for delinquent boys run by Miss Marple's philanthropic friend becomes the scene of arson and poisoning, and ultimately murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Decent adaptation of one of Christie's lesser novels See more (18 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Julia McKenzie ... Miss Marple

Elliot Cowan ... Wally Hudd
Emma Griffiths Malin ... Gina Elsworth

Joan Collins ... Ruth Van Rydock

Penelope Wilton ... Carrie Louise Serrocold

Brian Cox ... Lewis Serrocold

Jordan Long ... Whitstable Ernest

Sarah Smart ... Mildred

Maxine Peake ... Jolly Bellever
Alexei Sayle ... Dr Maverick

Liam Garrigan ... Stephen Restarick

Tom Payne ... Edgar Lawson

Nigel Terry ... Christian Gulbrandsen

Ian Ogilvy ... Johnny Restarick

Alex Jennings ... Inspector Curry
Sean Hughes ... Sergeant Lake
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jamie McLeod-Ross ... Convict #1 (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Andy Wilson 
Writing credits
Agatha Christie (novel)

Paul Rutman (screenplay)

Produced by
Michele Buck .... executive producer
Phil Clymer .... executive producer: for Chorion
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: for WGBH
Matthew Hamilton .... line producer
Gabriel Silver .... co-producer
Karen Thrussell .... producer
Damien Timmer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dominik Scherrer 
Cinematography by
Peter Greenhalgh (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Matthew Tabern 
Production Design by
Jeff Tessler 
Art Direction by
Miranda Cull 
Costume Design by
Andrea Galer 
Makeup Department
Alison Elliott .... makeup designer
Julie Kendrick .... makeup artist
Natalie Reid .... makeup artist
Production Management
Kate Stannard .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colin Azzopardi .... third assistant director
Mick Pantaleo .... first assistant director
Danielle Somerfield .... second assistant director
Colin Azzopardi .... second assistant director: daily (uncredited)
Art Department
Tim Bonstow .... props buyer
Fred Foster .... stand-by construction
Paul Gilpin .... supervising art director
Jim Grindley .... prop master
Andrew Lavin .... stand-by art director
Richard MacMillan .... stand-by props (as Richard Macmillian)
Robert Muskett .... stand-by construction (as Bob Muskett)
Mike Rawlings .... dressing props
Neil Smith .... stand-by props
Mike Syson .... dressing props
Gus Wookey .... construction manager
Naomi Moore .... assistant production buyer (uncredited)
Jay Pales .... prop storeman (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Downer .... supervising sound editor
Sarah Morton .... dialogue editor
Ashley Reynolds .... boom operator
Andrew Sissons .... sound recordist
Nigel Squibbs .... dubbing mixer
Naomi Dandridge .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Tom Deane .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Simon Epstein .... foley mixer & editor (uncredited)
Nigel Squibbs .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Graham Longhurst .... special effects coordinator
Tom Lucy .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Brierley .... focus puller
Paul Donachie .... camera operator
Ben Gibb .... clapper loader
Woody Gregson .... clapper loader
Jamie Harcourt .... camera operator
Jimmy Harris .... best boy
Paul Hatchman .... grip
David Hedges .... focus puller
Gavin Walters .... lighting gaffer
Stephen Cornacchia .... camera trainee: dailies (uncredited)
Paul Donachie .... a-camera/steadicam operator (uncredited)
Simon Muir .... assistant grip (uncredited)
Adam Walker .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Susie Parriss .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Miranda King .... costume supervisor
Gini Lewis .... costume assistant
Nadine Powell .... assistant costume designer
Diana Wyand .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Simon Giblin .... on-line editor
Kevin Horsewood .... telecine colourist
Amar Ingreji .... assistant editor
Music Department
Richard Hammarton .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
David Grose .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Kim Armitage .... script supervisor
Julie Burnell .... production executive
Erin Duffy .... production secretary
Faiza Hosenie .... production coordinator
Peter Mares .... publicist
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
Julie Burnham .... unit nurse (uncredited)
Kelly Mauchlen .... location assistant (uncredited)

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})
  • Chorion (uncredited)
DistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

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93 min
Australia:PG | Australia:M (DVD rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2010)

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Decent adaptation of one of Christie's lesser novels, 8 March 2011
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

The book was a good enough read but it is not among Agatha Christie's very best. I liked the story, if lacking the ingenuity that her books often does have though the final solution is great, but at first I do find it hard to get into. There are two previous adaptations of this particular book, the Helen Hayes film which is entertaining with a good cast if rather obvious and the better of the two the Joan Hickson version, though in regard to the latter it was my least favourite of the Joan Hickson Miss Marple adaptations due to some very sluggish pacing.

Back to this adaptation, as far as these Marples go which range from outstanding(The Blue Geranium) and surprisingly good(Murder is Announced) to truly disappointing(Nemesis) and terrible(At Bertram's Hotel), They do it with Mirrors is decent. It does have its problems, the script is weak at times in an attempt to cram a lot in and perhaps over-explain a tad, while the direction has its moments but there are times especially in the opening scene with Ruth and Miss Marple when it is rather poor. Joan Collins is not as bad as I was led to believe, she does have a fairly small role and performs with gusto but she does have an accent that wanders occasionally and that aforementioned opening did her no favours.

On a positive note, it does look fantastic. I do in general like the production values with these Marple adaptations but They do it with Mirrors with its crisp photography and beautiful scenery and costumes is especially impressively rendered. The music is a nice surprise, it isn't annoying and over bearing as it can be but feels more in tune with the atmosphere. The pace bounces along without feeling rushed or feeling as though it is going to drag, I admit I personally found this easier to get into than the book and the Joan Hickson version, also some of the characters especially Carrie Louise are somewhat more emphatic. The story may not be completely faithful in the details, character relationships are altered as is the means of crime, but in general it tries to stick to the book's spirit, and on its own terms it is still interesting and I didn't feel frustrated at the end like I did with Sleeping Murder or Body in the Library. The cast are great, Julia McKenzie is a very warm and engaging presence while Emma Malin is a strong Gina and Elliot Cowan is far better than he was in the Poirot episode he starred in(then I didn't like him or the episode itself for that matter). Penelope Wilton's Carrie Louise is very touching too, while Brian Cox is brilliant as Lewis Serrocold, different but interesting, I loved that.

Overall, a decent adaptation compared to what it could have been. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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