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A Pocket Full of Rye 

A detestable businessman is murdered while at work, and a handful of rye is found in his pockets. Soon after, members of his household fall victim to a killer intent on recreating scenes from a popular nursery rhyme.


(as Charles Palmer)


(novel), (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Miss Marple
Rose Heiney ...
Rex Fortescue (as Ken Cranham)
Thea Collings ...
Pat Fortescue
Lance Fortescue
Inspector Neele
Professor Bernsdorrf (as Edward Tudor Pole)
Sergeant Pickford
Mary Dove
Ken Campbell ...
Adele Fortescue
Vivian Dubois
Mrs Crump


When Rex Fortescue dies while sitting at his desk in the City, it's determined that he was in fact poisoned. He was married to a much younger wife, who now stands to inherit. His son Percival, a partner in the family firm, was a disappointment to him and a daughter, Elaine, hasn't amounted to much. Another son, Lance, had a falling out with his father many years before and relocated to East Africa. He suddenly appears soon after his father's death claiming that they had reconciled and been invited by him to return to England with an offer to rejoin the firm. Miss Marple takes a particular interest in the case when her former maid Gladys, now working in the Fortescue household, is also murdered. She soon learns that the elder Fortescue had received veiled threats for some time and that they might have something to do with a long ago business deal that made his initial fortune. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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5 July 2009 (USA)  »

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Mary Dove is also the name given to a character in "The Day of The Locust" adapted from Nathanael West's novel and directed by John Schlesinger in 1975. See more »


When Miss Marple is going through Gladys' belongings, she finds a postcard from the alleged boyfriend. When the card is first seen, it has two stamps on it; moments later, when Miss Marple, crosses the room toward the window and the card is seen for the second time, there is only one stamp on it. See more »


Version of Tayna chyornykh drozdov (1983) See more »


Bye Bye Blackbird
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
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Julia McKenzie Terrific in Pocketful of Rye
27 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

I truly enjoyed Julia McKenzie's first role as Miss Marple! Not only does she carry the role very well, but the story is true to Agatha Christie's book, down to the very end. I've had difficulty accepting the changes to Christie's works, some of them in this new series being absolutely dreadful. But I've come to terms with it and have enjoyed most of them. If they must make such radical changes to Christie's stories, I hope they at least keep good actors like McKenzie around. With "Pocketful of Rye," there were more views of the English countryside and less garish colors and background music as in the past. These are very good improvements indeed.

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