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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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Gee, I saw this with Helen Hayes and Bette Davis 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

Also Known As:
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:
Version of Murder with Mirrors (1985) (TV)See more »


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Gee, I saw this with Helen Hayes and Bette Davis, 20 May 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

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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