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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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Miss Marple
Griff Rhys Jones ... Dr. David Quimper
... Luther Crackenthorpe
... Emma Crackenthorpe
... Alfred Crackenthorpe
... Harold Crackenthorpe
... Cedric Crackenthorpe
... Elspeth McGillicuddy
Tim Stern ... Attendant
... Bryan Eastley
Kurtis O'Brien ... Alexander Eastley
Toby Marlow ... James Stoddard-West
... Inspector Awdry
... Lady Alice
... 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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26 December 2004 (USA)  »

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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 »


Harold Crackenthorpe: I may be disgusting, Inspector, but I'm not a murderer.
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I Travel Alone
By Noël Coward
Performed by Pip Torrens and Amanda Holden
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Jenny's Loco
16 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

What a ride these ITV Marple versions are! Sticking with the tradition that a different adapter, director and crew handle each episode means that they vary considerably. All are produced lavishly in parts, and rarely scrimp on sets. All have the same actress playing Marple.

But the approach to material, the notion of what matters, the cinematic philosophy all change from one to the other and to my mind vary as much among them as between one of these and one by another producer. Here we have respect for the complexity of the mystery. Because the story incidentally involves trains at the beginning, we have lush, overblown references to the Lumet version of a Poirot classic. The similarities are striking and obvious. And very, very effective. The energy of this beginning is not sustained, but it does blast the beginning, and the energy of the locomotive is somewhat imparted to the huge hulk of a house.

As all these are, the time is reset to be after the war, a generation or more after the books. I'm not sure what it says about a time and place that there are so many and such great houses; the point here is to serve as an inhumanly grotesque representation of the wealth that is the presumed motive.

In most of these episodes, they show extreme sensitivity to casting, putting actors in roles that resonant with what we know of them. Here we have Jenny Agutter as the mother who dies (naturally) at the very beginning. Her role — only hinted at — recalls her history in adventure. We first saw her in the amazing "Walkabout."

Someone in the editing shop knows how to use filters effectively.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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