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The Moving Finger 

Troubled war veteran Jerry Burton and his sister Joanna rent a cottage in a seemingly tranquil English village which is plagued by a spate of poison pen letters... and murder.

Director:

Tom Shankland

Writers:

Agatha Christie (based on the novel by), Kevin Elyot (screenplay)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine McEwan ... Miss Marple
James D'Arcy ... Jerry Burton
Ken Russell ... Rev Caleb Dane Calthrop
Frances de la Tour ... Mrs. Maud Dane Calthrop (as Frances De La Tour)
Thelma Barlow Thelma Barlow ... Emily Barton
Jessica Hynes ... Aimee Griffith (as Jessica Stevenson)
Sean Pertwee ... Dr Owen Griffith
Imogen Stubbs ... Mona Symmington
Harry Enfield ... Richard Symmington
Kelly Brook ... Elsie Holland
John Sessions ... Cardew Pye
Rosalind Knight Rosalind Knight ... Partridge
Emilia Fox ... Joanna Burton
Ellen Capron ... Agnes
Talulah Riley ... Megan Hunter
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Storyline

When troubled war veteran Jerry Burton and his sister Joanna relocate to the quiet little village of Lymstock in order to allow Jerry to recuperate from injuries received in what he claims is a motorcycle accident, they are expecting nothing more than country sleepiness and tedium. Much to their surprise, however, they find themselves embroiled in the middle of scandal and secrets; someone is sending vicious poison-pen letters to the residents. A local dignitary has already taken his own life over the letters, and it's not long before local gossip Mona Symmington also commits suicide after receiving a letter. But when the letter-writer apparently resorts to murder, Jerry finds his curiosity stoked despite himself, and he's not the only one; Miss Jane Marple is also in Lymstock, and she's decided that it's long past time someone got to the bottom of this unpleasant business. Written by Scotty

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Marple - La plume empoisonnée See more »

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Trivia

The title of the film (and the novel it's based on) is, like that of many other works by Agatha Christie, a quotation of a piece of poetry. "The Moving Finger" are the first words of a well known work by the medieval Persian poet Omar Khayyam. See more »

Goofs

The episode is set in 1952. Characters are seen smoking filter-tipped cigarettes from hard card cartons. Filter tips were considered a speciality item until 1954, and only became widely popular from the 1960s. The hard carton with flip top was not introduced until 1955. See more »

Quotes

Cardew Pye: I often find the most unlikely people doing the most surprising things. Don't you agree, Miss Marple?
Miss Marple: On the contrary, Mr. Pye, I usually find the most likely people behaving exactly as I would have expected.
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Connections

Remake of Miss Marple: The Moving Finger (1985) See more »

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Miss Marple does it again
29 July 2006 | by lonedragon1422See all my reviews

This was a terrific movie. I watched it on PBS, and I had to wait a week for the last hour. It is the only time in my life where I've bitten my nails all week about a two parter episode to a show. It had the perfect blend of mystery, while also giving you a feeling that you were learning something about the characters.

The acting was superb, and I felt as if the story really was unfolding right before my eyes. They cast really well, from the gossipy Mrs. Symmington, to Talulah Riley as Megan, and then of course, Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple herself. She will always be my favorite Miss Marple, and there have been several.

The best part of The Moving Finger, is that the ending was so completely unexpected. My hats off to Miss Marple.


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