Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
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Towards Zero 

A wealthy woman holds a party at her Devon estate for family and friends. When a solicitor and the hostess herself are both murdered, Miss Marple tries to find a clever killer with a devious plan.


David Grindley (uncredited), Nicolas Winding Refn (uncredited)


Kevin Elyot (screenplay), Agatha Christie (novel)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine McEwan ... Miss Marple
Julian Sands ... Thomas Royde
Zoë Tapper ... Kay Strange (as Zoe Tapper)
Paul Nicholls ... Ted Latimer
Greg Wise ... Nevile Strange
Saffron Burrows ... Audrey Strange
Julie Graham ... Mary Aldin
Tom Baker ... Frederick Treves
Eileen Atkins ... Lady Tressilian
Greg Rusedski Greg Rusedski ... Merrick
Wendy Nottingham Wendy Nottingham ... Mrs Rogers
Amelda Brown Amelda Brown ... Barrett
Peter Symonds ... Hurstall
Eleanor Turner-Moss Eleanor Turner-Moss ... Diana
Guy Williams Guy Williams ... Dr Lazenby


Miss Marple is visiting an old school friend, Lady Camilla Tressilian, along with an eclectic group: Neville Strange and his wife Kay, his former wife Audrey and her childhood friend and cousin Thomas Royde, Ted Latimer (who is something of a gigolo and very attracted to Kay Strange) and finally Freddie Treves, a retired solicitor. When Treves is found dead the day after a dinner party at Lady Tressilian's home and Lady Tressilian herself is found bludgeoned to death a short time later, Miss Marple must sort through the complex set of relationships among all the players, and determine what role the tale of a child's crime may have had to play in the deaths. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

3 August 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie - Marple: Towards Zero See more »

Filming Locations:

Salcombe, Devon, England, UK

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original 1944 novel has Superintendent Battle as the chief investigator and does not feature Miss Marple at all. See more »


in the reveal flashback, we see Mr Strange take off his shirt and trousers before getting into the sea, as he unbuttons his shirt and takes it off we can see his collar remains attached, had this been the 1940/50's his collar would have come away at the sides and only remained attached at the back where the stud is. However it remains attached all the way around. See more »


Version of Towards Zero (2007) See more »

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Reasonably good mystery
10 July 2016 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Miss Marple is visiting an old school friend, Lady Camilla Tressilian, at her estate in Devon. Also at the estate is tennis star Neville Strange, his current wife Kay, his ex-wife Audrey and an assortment of their friends and hangers-on. Shortly after her arrival one of the older guests dies of a heart attack after having to take the stairs instead of the life. Shortly after that Lady Tressilian is murdered, bludgeoned to death in her bed. The police are soon on the case and reluctantly accept Miss Marple's assistance.

Reasonably good mystery. Some nice red herrings and twists. Does seem like twists for twists sake, to some extent, at the end though.

Not overly engaging though. Miss Marple herself is never interesting, something the writers and directors of the series know. To get around this they make the central focus, or the first person perspective, someone other than Miss Marple. In this case it is Superintendent Mallard is probably the closest to a lead character in the episode, but, well, he's just a cop so there are no interesting sub-plots involving him.

Cast includes Julian Sands and Saffron Burrows.

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