Based on Crooked House, a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie first published in the US by Dodd and Mead Company in March 1949, and published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on 23 May of the same year.
Set in the leafy suburbs of 1950s London, the Beresfords find themselves in need of some adventure in their lives. With Tommy undertaking a variety of business opportunities, and Tuppence trying to dissuade him, the couple find themselves in the wrong place at the right time to solve a mystery - or two - and perhaps save someone's life. They are about to enter a world of espionage and skulduggery guided by Tommy's mysterious Uncle, Major Carter. It is a world which will prove easier to enter than to leave.
Agatha Christie's original Tommy and Tuppence novels were written and set in different periods ("The Secret Adversary" and "Partners in Crime" in 1920s; "N or M?" in 1940s during World War II; "By the Pricking of My Thumbs" in 1960s; "Postern of Fate" in 1970s). But in this TV series, all stories are set in 1950s. See more »
Back in the mists of time, Francesca Annis and James Warwick, with excellent support from Reece Dinsdale, played the parts of Tommy and Tuppence in 11 episodes of 'Partners in Crime'. It was an amusing, clever and beautifully acted series and did real justice to the stories of Agatha Christie and the characters which she created.
Now we have a plastic imitation which is so poor it's almost unbelievable. David Walliams wanders around looking vacant and completely lost while demonstrating a total inability to act. Jessica Raine, so good in 'Call the Midwife', demonstrates how acting is often as much about the casting as the actor's ability. Her 'Tuppence' seems disconnected from reality and she speaks her lines as if reading from an autocue. She appears awkward and uncomfortable in her role, nothing like the enthusiastic and wonderfully likable character portrayed by Annis way back in 1983. The other characters are like cardboard cut outs, with little presence and no memorability. The dialogue is, to say the least, 'clunky' and, overall, this adaptation is awful.
Why oh why do programme makers feel the need to remake wonderful classic series and films with today's latest 'names' in leading roles ? It rarely works and the results are frequently dreadful, as here.
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