The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place the following Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock. A group gathers and at that precise moment, the lights go out and a young hotel employee, Rudi Schertz, is shot. The police assume he had placed the ad and planned it as a robbery, but for Miss Marple it's not that obvious. She believes that the killer was likely one of the people in the room. When two of those present the evening of the murder are subsequently killed, it is left to Miss Marple to unravel a complex series of relationships and false identities, all centered around Randall Goedler a wealthy industrialist who had died 10 years earlier.Written by
The passport photo was the wrong way. It was an old British passport - the large size with a stiff navy blue cover. The personal information page was correctly shown in 'portrait' format, but the photo on the opposite page was incorrectly orientated to a 'landscape' format page. 90 degrees wrong. See more »
This is the fourth of ITV's new Marple series and easily the best so far, in my opinion. The more grotesque aspects of the other films have been avoided here.
Geraldine McEwan is still a weird version of Miss Marple -- surely no one but no one ever imagined her like this, but she is endearing in her own right and the rest of the cast all act their parts well.
Why the lesbian relationship between two of the characters had to be emphasized, I do not know. In the original it is very understated. It is yawningly predictable that a version made in 2004 would play this aspect up.
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