In this TV movie, a classic mystery is updated and relocated to a glamorous world of London socialites and secret agents, introducing two unique and compelling investigators and taking us through to the highest corridors of power.
Oliver Ford Davies,
Rosemary Barton, the beautiful wife of a top attorney, dies during their anniversary party at an exclusive restaurant. Later a suicide note is found along with traces of cyanide in her drink, but murder cannot be ruled out.
Robert Michael Lewis
Clarissa, the wife of a Foreign Office diplomat, is given to daydreaming. 'Supposing I were to come down one morning and find a dead body in the library, what should I do?' she muses. Clarissa has her chance to find out when she discovers a body in the drawing-room of her house in Kent. Desperate to dispose of the body before her husband comes home with an important foreign politician, Clarissa persuades her three house guests to become accessories and accomplices. It seems that the murdered man was not unknown to certain members of the house party, and the search begins for the murderer and the motive, while at the same time trying to persuade a police inspector that there has been no murder at all.
Agatha Christie fans will find a lot to love about The Spider's Web
I say this as I am a fans of Agatha Christie's, and have been for 10 years now. The play is very charming and great fun to watch, and I enjoyed every minute of this telepathy. Visually it has a very cosy and evocative look and is well-photographed. The music matches beautifully the light-hearted tone without jarring, while the dialogue has the spirit of The Queen of Crime's prose balancing mystery, humour and whimsy with no problem. The story is faithful and compelling(the ending included), with plenty of charm and suspense(you are kept guessing right to the end which is the making of a good Christie adaptation), and it was a good idea to keep the characters emotionally synthetic as they were in the play. The acting is very good indeed, though Robert Flemyng and Thorley Walters, while still good, were deserving of more to do. Penelope Keith takes the lead and she commands it wonderfully in a very sharp performance. Holly Aird is enjoyably macabre, and Elizabeth Spriggs evidently looks as though she is having the time of her life, her mannerisms ensure that it is enormous fun watching her. To conclude, very well done with a lot to love about it. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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