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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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Miss Marple
Chloe Pennington ...
Young Hannah
Oliver Jordan ...
Young Ethan
Miriam Karlin ...
Marjorie Moody
June Whitfield ...
Mrs. Lancaster
Aunt Ada
Mr. Eccles
Patrick Barlow ...
Mr. Timothy
Chris Murphy
Jody Halse ...
Amos Perry
Hannah Beresford
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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19 February 2006 (USA)  »

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Miss Marple does not appear in Agatha Christie's original novel, which was an adventure featuring her other sleuths, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. In order to make the story part of the Marple series, the time period was moved from post-war to sometime near the end of the war. This conveniently places Tommy still in the military intelligence service abroad, and his part of the story was re-written for Miss Marple. 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 »


Für Elise
(Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515))
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (uncredited)
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Great cast and scenery, poor pacing, uneven storytelling and unfocused direction really spoils it though
4 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

Now I love Agatha Christie, and while I don't consider the book a favourite(it is one of the better Tommy and Tuppence books though) it was great to read. I don't mind adaptations that are unfaithful to the books, because sometimes there is a film/adaptation that is good on its own merits. But while it isn't as awful as Sittaford Mystery, which I found hard to sit through, I was disappointed with By The Pricking of My Thumbs. Starting with the good things the whole adaptation is lovingly filmed, with lovely scenery and costumes, and the music was pretty good. Then we have a great cast, Leslie Phillips, June Whitfield and Charles Dance standouts among the cast, and Greta Scacchi was delightful as Tuppence(though Francessca Annis in my opinion is better). However, Anthony Andrews I found too mannered as Tommy and Geraldine McEwan wasn't given that much to work with. And there were some effective scenes, the ending at least made sense. This leads to my problems with the adaptation though, the script is quite weak and the pacing is pedestrian. The direction is unfocused particularly in the middle and the storytelling is uneven. By all means it starts off well, but also taking into account numerous deviations from the book, there are a number of disconnected scenes that don't go anywhere. Overall, disappointing, not the worst of the Marples but one of the weaker ones in my opinion. 3/10 Bethany Cox

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