Gwenda Halliday moves to England from India and moves into a house in a seaside village. She will soon be married and needs to renovate the house first. However, she keeps getting the strange feeling that she's been in the house before even though, as far as she is aware, she has never been in England before. Then a view of a part of the house sparks an image of a murder in her mind, and she gets extremely agitated. Her assistant, Hugh Hornbeam, is worried about her and calls in a friend, Miss Marple. It turns out Ms Halliday has previously lived in England, in that same house.Written by
Straight from the first episode, it was made clear that the peculiarity-trademark of ITV's "Agatha Christie's Marple" series was going to be small but significant plot and denouement changes to the original novels. Throughout the whole first season, these changes didn't bother me one bit. "Sleeping Murder" kicks off season two, and I must say the changes in the script versus the original book are suddenly becoming very plentiful and big. It's still a respectable adaptation, no worries, but a bunch of supportive characters undergo a metamorphosis, or are simply being replaced, and the final twist - albeit admirably shocking - isn't half as plausible and impactful as in the book. I sincerely hope the writers didn't attempt to improve Agatha Christie's writings, because...well, that just isn't possible. The fundaments of the intriguing whodunit story are luckily still intact. It's an engaging mystery, with lovely English seaside locations and a good pacing. For the second time, though, the performance of the great Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple is only secondary to that of another strong woman. After the ravishing Amanda Holden in "4:50 from Paddington", it's the stunningly gorgeous Sophie Myles who steals the show here. What an angel.
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