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Marple: What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw 

4:50 from Paddington (original title)
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.

Director:

Andy Wilson

Writers:

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

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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
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Storyline

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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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw See more »

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When this episode was originally broadcast in the U.K., it was done so using Dame Agatha Christie's original title of the novel that served as it's source material when published (except in the U.S.): "4:50 From Paddington". When this episode was broadcast in the U.S., the title of the episode was changed to "What Mrs McGillicuddy Saw!" since that was the title of the same novel when it was published in the U.S.. See more »

Goofs

When Lucy is checking some documents, she looks through a passport. The photo has clearly simply been stuck onto the page and there is no official stamp overprinted on it. See more »

Quotes

Miss Jane Marple: I'm an old friend from childhood days. His, not mine.
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Connections

Remake of Murder She Said (1961) See more »

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I Travel Alone
By Noël Coward
Performed by Pip Torrens and Amanda Holden
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Interesting whodunnit
22 June 2016 | by grantssSee all my reviews

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.

An interesting whodunnit. Quite novel in how we first are aware of the murder - viewed from another train - and in the fact that we initially don't have a body, thus no victim. Gets more intriguing as you get into it, plus the dysfunctional nature of the Crackenthorpe family makes for some interesting family drama too.

Cast delivers in spades. Amanda Holden is wonderful and gorgeous as Lucy. John Hannah gives his usual solid performance as the inspector. Cast also includes Jenny Agutter, Griff Rhys Jones (of Not The 9 O'Clock News fame) and David Warner.


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