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Natalie Haynes's guide to TV detectives: #13 – Miss Marple

9 July 2012 7:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Joan Hickson was the perfect Marple - capturing her fluffy ruthlessness so completely that nobody before or since has matched her

If you want to take me back in time with only one sensory stimulus, you could leave the madeleines in the cake tin. All you need to do is play the opening trills of the theme tune to the BBC's Miss Marple, and I would be slammed back to the Christmas of 1984, when the first episode, The Body in the Library, was screened on Boxing Day. That was two days after they showed the final episode of The Box of Delights, incidentally, which explains why every Christmas since then has been less good, at least in telly terms (though it was also the Christmas my hamster escaped, so the festivities weren't unblemished).

Joan Hickson is, as far as I am concerned, the only Miss Marple who matters. I can be flexible about some detectives, »

- Natalie Haynes

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Watch television with Kimberley Nixon

29 June 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Fresh Meat actor on her viewing habits, from Sherlock to The West Wing

Unmissable show?

It's really hard, because when you're filming you don't get to watch much TV. I was pretty hooked on Sherlock, but usually for me it's box sets.

Box set?

I'm blasting through True Blood. I saw that the first series box set was really cheap, so I decided to give that a go, and within two weeks I'm on the third series. It's quite addictive. It's gone totally nuts, but I like to see things through, even if I'm not really enjoying them towards the end.

Veg-out TV?

I absolutely love Four In A Bed. Before I started filming and I was unemployed, it was the focus of my day. Four B&B owners go to each other's B&Bs, have a meal and stay over, and then pay what they think the room was worth. »

- Gwilym Mumford

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Agatha Christie Estate Acquired By U.S.-Based Acorn Media

29 February 2012 10:34 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The move by Acorn Media Group to take a 64% stake in Agatha Christie’s estate marks the first time a U.S. company will have a controlling interest in one of the most-mined properties in entertainment. The mystery author counts 2 billion books sold, and numerous TV shows and movies based upon them; the estate, co-owned by Chorion, includes more than 80 novels and plays. Among the latest projects in the canon came almost a year ago, when Disney announced it was developing a Miss Marple movie with Jennifer Garner as the famous sleuth. That news was met with scorn among fans of the mysteries, who objected to what would be a younger, sassier Marple. That project hasn’t been heard from since. Here’s today’s release: Silver Spring, MD; February 29, 2012 – Acorn Media Group, a leading independent media company, has acquired a 64% stake in Agatha Christie Limited from Chorion. With more than 2 billion books sold, »


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Winding Refn Eyed Doctor Who Director Stint

26 January 2012 8:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Drive filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn's dreams were dashed after his plea to direct an episode of Doctor Who was turned down.

The Danish-born director is a big fan of the British sci-fi series and was desperate to step behind the camera and take charge of an episode - but his offer was snubbed by show bosses.

He tells Shortlist magazine, "I would have loved to direct Doctor Who but they didn't want me - turned me down last year. Maybe if they revive (U.K. sci-fi programme) Blake's 7, I could do that. I love it. It's great. That could be fun to update."

Winding Refn is no stranger to U.K. TV shows - he once directed small screen adaptations of murder mysteries featuring Agatha Christie's fictional sleuth Miss Marple.

He adds, "I did two episodes of Marple back to back because, basically, I needed the money. It was fun - a good experience. I really liked working with Geraldine McEwan, she was a great actress. And Amanda Burton too." »

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Catch up TV Guide: From Black Mirror to Poirot

13 January 2012 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

TV: Black Mirror

A trio of Twilight Zone-style stories exploring the impact of new media and technology on our lives. Charlie Brooker's The National Anthem (an "unusual" blackmail threat for the prime minister), and 15 Million Merits (X Factor distraction culture pushed to extremes) – co-written with Konnie Huq – grabbed the headlines, but The Entire History Of You (by Peep Show's Jesse Armstrong) is worth catching too. What happens to relationships in a world where everything you see is recorded on a kind of Sky+ in your head? Toby Kebbell, Jodie Whittaker and Tom Cullen find out. Available until Monday.


TV: Netflix UK

A new TV player arrived this week: Netflix, a streaming service that has proved successful in the Us. The first month is free, then it's £5.99 a month for "unlimited streaming". A quick scan has turned up a few Guide TV faves – including Breaking Bad (1-3), Arrested Development »

- Richard Vine

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