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
Of the 19 credited actors in this episode 8 have appeared in Doctor Who. Catherine Tate was Donna Noble, the companion of the tenth Doctor. Frances Barber has a recurring role as Madame Kovarian (eye-patch woman). Zoe Wanamaker was Cassandra in 'The End of the World' and 'New Earth'. Gerald Horan was Father of Mine in 'Family of Blood'. Robert Pugh was Tony Mack in 'The Hungry Earth', and Claire Skinner and Alexander Armstrong were Madge and Reg Arwell in the 2011 Christmas special, 'The Widow and the Wardrobe', and Keeley Hawes was Ms Delphox in 'Time Heist' in 2014. See more »
Miss Marple refers to a gun that is involved in the story as a Revolver. In fact the gun is a Luger pistol which is an automatic. Automatics use one or more stationary chambers, usually in the gun hand grip, to hold bullets.
Revolvers use several chambers inside a cylinder, usually between the hand grip and the barrel, that rotates, to hold bullets. See more »
I liked it. I particularly like the general approach these folks are taking precisely because they change things. They change the era and some characters to suit. They changed Miss Marple into someone with a history. They changed the events to be a bit snappier.
All this in the service of transporting radically uncinematic books to the screen.
Yes, its different, but the changes I think are in the service of maintaining the Christie flavor while all else bends because of the introduction of a single eye, a single pipeline for us to get information. If you read the book, this particular one, you'll notice that it is all about sight and what is thought to have been seen. Every clue, every kink, every device has to do with sight.
Then if you watch the Hickson version, you'll note that although her character is entertaining, the mystery just doesn't work.
Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.
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