Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
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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.


Andy Wilson


Stephen Churchett (screenplay), Agatha Christie (novel)

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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


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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Release Date:

26 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw See more »

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Did You Know?


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 »


Miss Jane Marple: Would you mind strangling me, Elspeth?
Mrs. Elspeth McGillicuddy: Not at all, Jane.
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Version of Uso o tsuku shitai (2006) See more »


I Travel Alone
By Noël Coward
Performed by Pip Torrens and Amanda Holden
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strangler on a train
16 April 2015 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

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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