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Greenshaw's Folly 

Miss Marple aids a young mother and son by spiriting them away to the estate of an eccentric botanist, not knowing that it will soon become the scene of murder.



(screenplay), (short stories: "Greenshaw's Folly" & "The Thumb Mark of St Peter")

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Miss Marple
Alfred Pollock
Vic Reeves ...
Cracken (as Jim Moir)
Mrs. Cresswell
Miss Katherine Greenshaw
Nat Fletcher
Horace Bindler
Grace Ritchie
Father Brophy
Cicely Beauclerk
Candida Gubbins ...
Minnie Tulliver
Inspector Welch
Matt Willis ...


When old family friend Louisa Oxley visits Miss Marple one stormy night seeking help, Miss Marple decides to send her and her son, Archie, to safety at the labyrinthine estate of Greenshaw's Folly, owned by Miss Marple's good friend Katherine Greenshaw, an eccentric botanist and the last surviving Greenshaw. Louisa becomes Miss Greenshaw's secretary, and quickly attracts the attention of the gardener Alfred Pollock and actor Nat Fletcher. Things turn sinister when the Folly's faithful butler, Walter Cracken, is killed in what appears to be a tragic accident. Then a guest at the house, Horace Bindler, disappears without a trace. Miss Marple is convinced all is not well, and her suspicions are confirmed when Miss Greenshaw herself is brutally murdered. Suspects are everywhere, but none can imagine the secrets, both past and present, which Miss Marple uncovers. Written by shanty_sleuth

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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21 September 2014 (USA)  »

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combo of two short stories
23 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

Miss Marple helps out an abused mother and son in "Greenshaw's Folly," from Season 6 of the Miss Marple series.

Louisa Oxley and her little boy, Archie, appear on Miss Marple's doorstep one night; Louisa is on the run from her abusive husband. Marple brings them to her friend, Katherine Greenshaw, who owns a huge estate, known as Greenshaw's Folly. Katherine is a botanist and needs the help of a secretary, so she hires Louisa.

Katherine's butler Walter is there, as well as her nephew, an actor, Nat Fletcher, and the gardener, Alfred, who takes a shine to both mother and son.

Walter falls and is killed; and then a guest at the house, Horace Bindler, disappears. Miss Marple, who is helping out at the orphanage, doesn't like the atmosphere and believes something is wrong. Then Miss Greenshaw herself meets with an untimely end.

There are secrets to be uncovered and plenty of suspicious characters in this adaptation of two Christie stories. The atmosphere is great, as is the acting. Julia McKenzie is an excellent Marple, and one of England's finest actresses, Fiona Shaw, plays Miss Greenshaw.

A couple of subplots could have been left out, but on the whole, it's an intriguing story and good episode.

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