Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
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By the Pricking of My Thumbs 

Miss Marple joins forces with Tommy and Tuppence Beresford to find the murderer of Tommy's Aunt Ada.


Peter Medak


Stewart Harcourt (screenplay), Agatha Christie (based on the novel by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine McEwan ... Miss Marple
Chloe Pennington Chloe Pennington ... Young Hannah
Oliver Jordan Oliver Jordan ... Young Ethan
Anthony Andrews ... Tommy / Tommy Beresford
Greta Scacchi ... Tuppence Beresford
Clare Holman ... Miss Packard
Miriam Karlin Miriam Karlin ... Marjorie Moody
June Whitfield ... Mrs. Lancaster
Claire Bloom ... Aunt Ada
Steven Berkoff ... Mr. Eccles
Patrick Barlow Patrick Barlow ... Mr. Timothy
O-T Fagbenle ... Chris Murphy
Jody Halse Jody Halse ... Amos Perry
Josie Lawrence ... Hannah Beresford
Michael Maloney ... Dr. Joshua Waters


Tommy and Tuppence Beresford visit their aunt Ada in a nursing home. Aida cryptically mentions to Tuppence about a murdered child. The next day Ada is found dead in her bed. Causes appear to be natural but Tuppence's suspicions are aroused when a note from Ada mentions that fellow-nursing home dweller Mrs Lancaster is not safe. Coincidentally, Mrs Lancaster has just checked out, accompanied by Mr and Mrs Johnson. While pondering all this at the nursing home, Tuppence runs into someone who is intrigued by her musings - Miss Marple. Together, and aided by a painting, they set off to find the Johnsons and Mrs Lancaster, as they are sure they are key to a mystery and potentially a murder, or two. Written by grantss

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

19 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie - Marple: By the Pricking of My Thumbs See more »

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Although the exact date of the setting of the episode is not given the scenes at the film presentation clearly show signs that celebrate the Festival of Britain which took place in 1951. See more »


When Miss Marple and Tuppence visit St Edmund's Church, to be hounded by the vicar, Miss Marple refers to him as the 'Reverend Bligh'. 'Reverend' is a gerundive, an adjective derived from a verb, and can't be used with a surname like that, as Miss Marple would have known. She would have said 'the Reverend Septimus Bligh', or 'the Reverend Mr Bligh'. Also she refers to him, the Bishop and the rector of St Mary Mead as having been ordinands together at the seminary - a training college for Roman Catholic priests. They should have been together at theological college. See more »


Tommy Beresford: [Tuppence asks Tommy to drive so she can continue reading her copy of Macbeth. Tommy chuckles in response] I was in Macbeth at my prep school. "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day."
Tuppence Beresford: [gets in car on passenger side] I heard you were marvelous.
Tommy Beresford: Who from?
Tuppence Beresford: You.
Tommy Beresford: Hmm.
[gets in car and starts engine]
Tommy Beresford: "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."
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Version of Mon petit doigt m'a dit... (2005) See more »


Written by Irving Gordon (uncredited)
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole (uncredited)
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A Fun Escape
26 June 2006 | by topazcatSee all my reviews

I loved it, plain and simple. I liked the chemistry between Tommy and Tuppence and understood the reason for her drinking - it becomes clear as the movie went on and adds a bit of pathos to her storyline. Meeting Miss Marple just added fun to the mix, almost making this a "buddy" flick.

My sons are 11 and 13 and they became so wrapped up in the mystery that when the first half was over, they got upset thinking they might have to wait a week to see the ending. (To their (and my) relief, the second half followed the first.) When the movie was over, they sat up for almost an hour talking about it and now they want to read Agatha Christie! Honestly, can you ask for more than that from a book turned into a movie? To have it excite someone to the point where they want to find more of the same to read? I think not.

NOTE: The other reviewers might have some good points about the movie's creators adding Miss Marple into a mystery that she was never in, but I did not know and give my review based upon that. (I have read one or two Miss Marple mysteries, but I was more of a Hercule Poirot fan and have never read a Tommy & Tuppence mystery, much less watched on on TV.)

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