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

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Agatha Christie (novel)
Paul Rutman (screenplay)
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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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 (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)
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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
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Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Remake of Murder with Mirrors (1985) (TV)See more »


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1 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The first good McKenzie!, 4 July 2010
Author: igorlongo from Italy

Ohhhh!At last,Julia has found her way!At last she's Marple,a central character sleuthing in a very creepy thriller as a sharp bloodhound and not a sensible and sensitive schoolmarm overwhelmed by every other character and finding her path to center stage only when she arrives for sheer chance to a very convoluted solution.Here Marple,oyez,oyez,really investigates ,and she not simply hears blandly what other people have to say.Here you can see the light of understanding shining in her eyes when she finds the truth in Gina 's reflection in the mirror.Here you can watch her when she reenact a very astute murder plot before a stunned Alex Jennings. The movie is simply perfect.It's faithful,but it has its own personal way to be it so,as it demonstrates the very thrilling version of Edgar Lawson's attack to Lewis,very different from any other version,but very faithful all the same.Sarah Smart is the better Mildred ever seen ,and simply shines in her role.Emma Malin is a very great and subtly fascinating Gina.Elliot Cowan is a Brilliant Brit Brando .Nigel Terry is a particularly menacing Gulbrandsen.Penelope Wilton wipes away even Simmons and Davis as the Only Carrie Louise,and Brian Cox is a very different Serrocold,but formidable in his own way:Mills was such a gent,Ackland was a benign Titan completely dominating his candid wife.Cox instead is a fumbling, bumbling husband , totally confused by the events and desperately trying to keep himself in stride with his stronger and overwhelming Lady Bountiful.A very good and personal interpretation, very different from the Ackland's domineering Serrocold,but very acceptable all the same. And the last Dominik Scherrer is returned himself.The desire to toning down background music ,answering to misguided requests of some fans,had reduced his scores to miserable shadows of the previous seasons.The music must not be obtrusive,of course,but it was a mixage problem ,a technical glitch not an artistical one.If you tone down too much Music and its importance and you destroy its own personal participation to the scene ,you reduce it only to Muzak,and it lose its own meaning.Here,Scherrer's score is again essential to build up a very creepy atmosphere in the queer and eery old Stonygates,helping the director to create thrills and threats,as in the marvelous beginning or again in the wonderful Dress Rehearsal,the best directed version of the crucial scene of the novel :people complaining against background scores simply don't remember how it was important the very domineering background score in the old Hickson series and how the very bland McKeown's scores reduced the impacts of a few of the last Suchet 's episodes (the new composer has instead found his own way with his many variations on the old Gunning's theme,and Three Act Tragedy shines at last the better score after the Gunning Era). So far,Mirrors is the best McKenzie episode.We can only hope that its model will be followed again by the series,returning it to the glorious, thrilling merriment of McEwan's age.But Crack'd let us to hope that it's really happening again ,and that Great Julia will be remembered ,at last, as a Great Jane!

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