Miss Marple investigates the wealthy Crackenthorpe clan, believing a body to be hidden on their estate after a visiting friend witnesses a brutal strangling murder occurring on a passing train.


Andy Wilson


Stephen Churchett (screenplay), Agatha Christie (novel)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine McEwan ... Miss Marple
Griff Rhys Jones ... Dr. David Quimper
David Warner ... Luther Crackenthorpe
Niamh Cusack ... Emma Crackenthorpe
Ben Daniels ... Alfred Crackenthorpe
Charlie Creed-Miles ... Harold Crackenthorpe
Ciarán McMenamin ... Cedric Crackenthorpe
Pam Ferris ... Elspeth McGillicuddy
Tim Stern Tim Stern ... Attendant
Michael Landes ... Bryan Eastley
Kurtis O'Brien Kurtis O'Brien ... Alexander Eastley
Toby Marlow Toby Marlow ... James Stoddard-West
Rob Brydon ... Inspector Awdry
Rose Keegan ... Lady Alice
Pip Torrens ... Noël Coward


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 grantss

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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I Travel Alone
By Noël Coward
Performed by Pip Torrens and Amanda Holden
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Not too bad but...
9 April 2006 | by csbwSee all my reviews

This isn't really too bad. But it feels so different from what one would imagine after reading the book. So I guess, those who haven't read the book would likely enjoy this movie more. Except most people probably wouldn't watch this unless one has read the book.

One thing I can't seem to get over is why is Miss Marple so perky and vivacious, almost as if she's going to break into a song and dance number or a comedy act. Is this done deliberately to appeal to a wider and modern audience? Nothing wrong with that. I do appreciate a good sense of humor. In Mrs. Christie's books, I get the impression that Miss Marple is a very "classy" lady, very genteel. There is nothing wrong with Geraldine McEwan's portrayal of an elderly lady, I do like her, but it just doesn't feel like The Miss Marple. If the series were called Geraldine McEwan Series instead, it would be more enjoyable and less irritating to be reminded how different the stories are from the books.

As a made of TV movie, I'd give it an 8. While as an Agatha Christie book made for TV, I'd give it, at most, a 4. Suddenly reminds me, how much I appreciate Mrs. Christie's writing abilities.

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26 December 2004 (USA) See more »

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