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The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side 

A troubled Hollywood star and her husband move to St. Mary Mead, but their arrival becomes clouded in tragedy when a fan is fatally poisoned during a garden fête.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Goodman ...
Isabella Parriss ...
Marie Thérèse
French Officer (as Jonathan Coyne)
Nigel Harman ...
Hailey Preston
Caroline Quentin ...
Vincent Hogg


Hollywood star Marina Gregg leaves Los Angeles for the picturesque countryside of St Mary Mead. Having taken up residence at Gossington Hall with her dashing young English husband, film director Jason Rudd, his secretary, Ella Blunt and Marina's exclusive personal assistant, Hailey Preston, it's not long before she becomes lady of the manor. When the glamorous couple decide to throw a benefit for the St John Ambulance, the grounds are abuzz with curious locals including previous owner of Gossington Hall, Dolly Bantry. But when a local fan, Heather Badcock consumes a poisoned daiquiri, Marina finds herself starring in a real-life mystery - supported by Miss Marple and Inspector Hewitt, who suspect that the lethal cocktail was intended for someone else. But who? If it was meant for Marina, then why? Written by shanty_sleuth

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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23 May 2010 (USA)  »

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Miss Marple's phone number is shown as St. Mary Mead 143. See more »


Miss Marple: Heather Badcock?
Dolly Bantry: Dead as a doornail.
Miss Marple: Oh dear.
Dolly Bantry: And at the garden party.
Miss Marple: Dear me.
Dolly Bantry: Full of beans one minute, pegged out the next.
Miss Marple: What did she die of?
Dolly Bantry: No one knows. She was fit as a fiddle, apparently. Mind you, she always did have that sort of ripe look, like a piece of fruit that's about to go off.
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The best of the series
21 July 2016 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Miss Marple is thrilled when one of her favourite movie stars, Marina Gregg, and her husband, director Jason Rudd, move to her village of St Mary Mead. Ms Gregg and her husband throw a housewarming party and, unfortunately, Miss Marple is injured shortly beforehand, so can't attend. The party turns out to be very eventful as one of the guests, Heather Badcock, dies of an overdose of anti-depressants in her cocktail. Ms Gregg suspects the poison was meant for her, a fear which is justified when her coffee is poisoned on a film set. The police, aided by Miss Marple, investigate.

The best of the Miss Marple series. Very intriguing mystery, quite plausible in its back story, and quite simple in its implementation. For once it's about the characters and everyday human motives, rather than a fantastical, long-winded story.

Miss Marple is less bland than usual but the episode is aided and abetted considerably by the presence of Joanna Lumley as Marple's friend Dolly Bantry. She gives the episode a great deal of colour.

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