Agatha Christie's Marple: Season 5, Episode 3

The Blue Geranium (27 Jun. 2010)

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A cruel, superstitious woman dies of apparent fright after her fate is foretold by a medium. Miss Marple, however, is convinced of foul play when another death occurs.

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Mary Pritchard
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Philippa Pritchard
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Hester
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John the gardener
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While visiting her friend Dermot in Little Ambrose, Miss Marple is drawn into investigating the death of Eddie Seward, whom she'd met on the bus and who is found having apparently drowned in the river.Within a few days however, there is a second suspicious death, that of Mary Pritchard who seems to have died from fright. She was disliked by many and had recently caused a scene when her husband George was inaugurated as the Captain of the local golf club. Even Dermot disliked her as did her sister Philippa, who was once engaged to George, whom she described as the love of her life. Phillipa ended up marrying George's brother, Lewis Pritchard, and they are constantly having money problems. A third death - this time one of George Pritchard's former mistresses - convinces Inspector Somerset that George, who conveniently confesses, is the murderer. Miss Marple thinks otherwise and sets out to prove it. Written by garykmcd

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The original story can be found in 'The 13 Problems', a collection of short stories told at Miss Marple's home by her companions and solved by Miss Marple on the spot. See more »

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When Goerge and Jerry are outside arguing about George always supporting Jerry, a long shot shows a car pull up from the left. When the camera cuts back to George, the car is in the background facing the other direction. It then returns to its original position in the next shot. See more »

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Seven Deadly Vices of Little Ambrose
27 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Miss Jane Marple (Julia McKenzie) pays a visit to the community of Little Ambrose, bodies begin to surface.

Along the route, Miss Marple converses with a solitaire fellow bus passenger, Eddie Seward (Jason Durr), who plans to meet his estranged wife.

Upon her arrival, Miss Marple meets Reverend Dermot (David Calder) and his niece Hester Malwood (Joanna Page) a domestic servant of Mary Pritchard, who is interested in Doctor Jonathan Frayn (Patrick Baladi), who treats Mary but is suspected of quackery and thievery.

At Summerly Manor, Mrs. Mary Pritchard (Sharon Small) has taken to her sick-bed, while husband, George Pritchard (Toby Stephens) tends to her needs.

Philippa Pritchard (Claudie Blakley), Mary's sister, had shared a hope of marriage with George, before Mary stole him away from her, and so she marries George's brother, Lewis Pritchard (Paul Rhys), a struggling author, who cannot manage the bills for the Lewis and Philippa Pritchard family and their three young children.

In addition to Hester, Mary Pritchard's household staff includes Hazel Instow (Caroline Catz) a maid and artist, who arrives in Little Ambrose from Alexandria, Egypt, and London, and also shares romantic notions with the handsome George, as also does Susan Carstairs (Rebekah Manning), a former nurse of Mary.

Mary's current nurse, Caroline Copling (Claire Rushbrook), assists with the medication prescribed by Dr. Jonathan Frayn, which is sometimes watered down as a placebo to address her psychosomatic illness.

But as many gather on the Little Ambrose golf course, the Pritchard children stumble across a body and report it to the group, which includes Miss Marple.

Inspector William Somerset (Kevin McNally) investigates, and at times, becomes short of patience around the meddling Miss Marple, whereas Sir Henry Clithering (Donald Sinden) listens to her every word, for he has never known her to be incorrect.

Zelrita the fortune teller arrives at Summerly Manor to predict the event of a floral wall mural a sign of death should its geranium turn blue (hence the title).

When a second body is discovered that night, the authorities attempt to link the suspicious deaths as homicides initiated by the same perpetrator.

But the next day, Hester and Jonathan stumble across a third body, the victim of a strangulation by a necktie, with evidence that the victim has been posing as Zerita.

While Reverend Dermot delivers his sermon, a vicious confrontation erupts at the church, with worshipers charging one another with allegations of murder.

Six months later, Miss Marple reads the headlines that a suspect who has confessed to three murders is about to be sentenced to execution, when she suddenly realizes that someone else has done it.

When Inspector William Somerset won't take Miss Marple's call because he's heading into the courtroom, Sir Henry Clithering does listen to Miss Marple's recount of events and her clever deduction.

So, will Miss Marple be able to grant an audience with Lord Justice Carmichael (Hugh Ross) in the courtroom before "justice" is delivered?

The cast is rounded out by Richard Betts as Clerk of the Court, Ian East as John the Gardener, Derek Hutchinson as Concierge, and Pete Noakes as Party Guest.


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