A friend of Miss Marple, Mrs Elspeth McGillicuddy, is traveling down to meet Miss Marple on the 4.50 from Paddington. On the way she witnesses a murder when her train draws alongside another train briefly traveling in the same direction. Mrs McGillicuddy reports her sighting to the Railway Police but no body is found. Miss Marple suspects that the body was thrown off the train near the grounds of Rutherford Hall. Miss Marple recruits the services of her niece, Lucy Eeylesbarrow (played by Amanda Holden), to infiltrate the staff at Rutherford Hall and investigate the large, wealthy and dysfunctional Crackenthorpe family whose ancestral home it is. She also gets the local police, in the form of Inspector Tom Campbell (John Hannah), involved.Written by
The woman who dies in the very beginning (Jenny Agutter) and Miss Marple's friend Elspeth (Pam Ferris) star together in BBC's "Call the Midwife." See more »
When Lucy enters the dining room with water after the family have been poisoned, she's wearing a dark skirt and sparkly sweater with a patent leather belt. When she is walking up the stairs right afterwards and bumps into Dr. Quimper she's suddenly wearing a black button through dress with red patent leather belt. There's no logical reason why she would have gotten changed. See more »
IMHO,an improvement on Georges Pollock's version ("murder she said" ,1962)starring Margaret Rutherford.The place where the desirable mansion is located is called "Rutherford" ,perhaps a tribute to McEwan 's predecessor.
Directing is much less static than Pollock's ,and the two trains belting in the dark and blue night is an exciting scene;the final scene is a very good idea as Miss Marple summons her suspects on the same train .
it's too bad Jenny Agutter had to die in the very first sequence;Geraldine Ewan ,Ben Daniels and David Warner are the stand-outs of a stellar cast ;the screenwriter succeeds in making numerous characters interesting ,which is the main difficulty is Mrs Christie's brilliant murder mysteries.
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