Partners in Crime (1983– )
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The Sunningdale Mystery 

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After a businessman is found dead on a golf course, stabbed through the heart with a hat-pin, the Beresfords try to prove that the accused woman, Doris Evans, is innocent.


Tony Wharmby


Jonathan Hales (adapted by), Agatha Christie (novel)





Episode cast overview:
Francesca Annis ... Tuppence Beresford
James Warwick ... Tommy Beresford
Denis Lill ... Hollaby Jnr.
Emily Moore Emily Moore ... Doris Evans
Reece Dinsdale ... Albert
Edwin Brown ... Hollaby Snr.
Terence Conoley Terence Conoley ... Major Barnard
Denis Holmes Denis Holmes ... Mr. Lecky
Robin Parkinson Robin Parkinson ... Landlord
Dorothea Phillips ... ABC Waitress
Martin Rutledge Martin Rutledge ... Cyril
Vivienne Ritchie Vivienne Ritchie ... Girl
Jim Wiggins Jim Wiggins ... Ticket Collector


With few clients coming into the agency, Tommy suggests the he and Tuppence should go out to the crime. Specifically, he focuses on the murder of a Captain Antony Cecil whose body is found at the Sunningdale golf course. Cecil was well known and a regular on the links who had played a round of golf with several others the previous day. Arrested for his murder is Doris Evans who claimed that Cecil, whom she had met the previous month at the cinema, had invited her to lunch on the day of his death but then threatened her, at which point she ran off. Tommy is convinced she is innocent and he and Tuppence set off to piece together what really happened. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Tommy Beresford: A man doesn't stab himself with a hatpin!
Tuppence Beresford: I know! That's what's so baffling!
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References The Triumph of the Rat (1926) See more »

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The Sunningdale Mystery
12 January 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The best thing that can be said about this episode is that Tuppence looks fetching in various headwear.

It is such a problematic episode because it is told in flashbacks which makes it so unexciting.

Tommy and Tuppence discuss the dead body of Captain Antony Cecil found at the Sunningdale golf course. He had played golf with business associates and seen talking to a tall woman at a distance.

Two weeks later, Doris Evans has been arrested for her murder. Well she is not tall. She claims she met Cecil previously and he invited her for lunch on the day of his death.

They went for a walk somewhere and he behaved oddly, even threatening her with a gun. She wrestled with him and ran off. This explains why her hair was found in the dead man's clothing.

The problem is Tommy & Tuppence are never actively involved in the case. They just put the pieces together as they recount the mystery.

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6 November 1983 (UK) See more »

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