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Sparkling Cyanide (2003)

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.

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Tristram Powell

Writers:

Laura Lamson (screenplay), Agatha Christie (from the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pauline Collins ... Dr. Catherine Kendall
Oliver Ford Davies ... Col. Geoffrey Reece
Kenneth Cranham ... George Barton
Jonathan Firth ... Mark Drake
Susan Hampshire ... Lucilla Drake
Clare Holman ... Alexandra Farraday
James Wilby ... Stephen Farraday
Lia Williams ... Ruth Lessing
Rachel Shelley ... Rosemary Barton
Justin Pierre Justin Pierre ... Carl 'Fizz' Fitzgerald
Joseph Scatley Joseph Scatley ... Sam Knight (as Joseph Scattley)
Richard Clifford ... Maitre D'
Chloe Howman Chloe Howman ... Iris Marle
Ruth Platt ... Rebecca Knight
Jack Fortune Jack Fortune ... Phillip McCain
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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.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie: Cianuro espumoso See more »

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Company Pictures, Chorion See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Deliciously Evil
1 July 2005 | by sexy_pisces_galSee all my reviews

Pauline Collins, Oliver Ford Davies head an all star cast as the husband and wife secret service agents, including Jonathon Firth and Susan Hampshire in this classy adaptation of the 1983 smash.

When the beautiful and wealthy Rosemary Barton (Rachel Shelley) is poisoned with Potassium Cyanide in her glass of champagne at posh nightclub among friends, it seems as if no one had the opportunity, or the motive to do the deed. Which leads the couple to consider the history of suicide. As the ageing detectives uncover a secret affair with a government minister (James Wilby) a secret abortion, two scorned women (Lia Williams, Clare Holman) and a sister, (Chloe Howman) who stands to inherit her fortune. The wise Doctor and the gruff and grumpy Colonel realise they are dealing with a dangerous and psychotic killer and must work around the clock, and rely on some unorthodox methods to reveal their identity.

When Rosemary's much older and much wealthier husband, (Kenneth Cranham) is also murdered in the same circumstances, the detectives are set on a different track for the motive for the killings. With potential embarrassment for the government looming the detectives must face a race against time to prevent the killer killing a third time.


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