This series follows country vicar Merrily Watkins, who is one of the few women priests working as an exorcist in the UK. When a grisly murder takes place in her local area, the police come calling for her assistance.
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Set in the leafy suburbs of 1950s London, the Beresfords find themselves in need of some adventure in their lives. With Tommy undertaking a variety of business opportunities, and Tuppence trying to dissuade him, the couple find themselves in the wrong place at the right time to solve a mystery - or two - and perhaps save someone's life. They are about to enter a world of espionage and skulduggery guided by Tommy's mysterious Uncle, Major Carter. It is a world which will prove easier to enter than to leave.
Agatha Christie's original Tommy and Tuppence novels were written and set in different periods ("The Secret Adversary" and "Partners in Crime" in 1920s; "N or M?" in 1940s during World War II; "By the Pricking of My Thumbs" in 1960s; "Postern of Fate" in 1970s). But in this TV series, all stories are set in 1950s. See more »
The title of this series alone should qualify it for prosecution under the Trade Description's Act. Agatha Christie had nothing to do with what passes for a plot in this pathetic pastiche of a whodunnit. It is the latest entrant to a long line of programmes which use Christie titles and the names of Christie characters and then throw away everything else. "The Secret Adversary" has already been done once on British TV in a form which stuck pretty closely to the original plot. It is quite a silly plot but has a certain logic. There is even a sort of balance in the character relations and a bit of romantic mystery over where Tuppence will fix her affections. None of that has survived into the BBC version. For no apparent reason it is moved from the 1920's to the 1950's. The mystery plot is drastically downgraded, the dialogue dreadful and the acting shows how much stress the cast must have been under. The BBC seems to like doing remakes of well known classics, for example "The Lady Vanishes" and "The Thirty Nine Steps." It usually does them pretty badly and "Partners in Crime" is no exception.
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