- Episode aired Sep 28, 2018
- 1h 30min
Alice goes undercover as a teeny bop back up singer. Adapted from "The Sittaford Mystery".Alice goes undercover as a teeny bop back up singer. Adapted from "The Sittaford Mystery".Alice goes undercover as a teeny bop back up singer. Adapted from "The Sittaford Mystery".
"Melodie Mortelle" is loosely adapted from 'The Sittaford Mystery', not one of Christie's best but Christie even when not on the most top of forms was always worth the read and it's the same here too. It is the second "adaptation" of the book, the first being the Geraldine McEwen version that inserted Miss Marple. Of the two "Melodie Mortelle" is infinitely better, actually being good, and much better paced and more coherent, if not quite one of the best episodes of 'Les Petits Meurtres D'Agatha Christie'. Whereas the McEwen version was one of the worst of that series, very difficult to get into, and the worst example of the adaptations inserting Miss Marple (with varied success).
Anyway, talking about "Melodie Mortelle", maybe it could have done with a darker tone in places, had more suspense and took more risks.
Parts in the middle could have been slightly tighter in pace, but mostly that aspect wasn't a problem.
Getting onto what "Melodie Mortelle" did well, and that was a lot, as always for 'Les Petits Meurtres D'Agatha Christie' it looks great and very classy. The 60s setting is evoked handsomely and evocatively, with no signs of jarring at all, and the period detail and period detail bring a lot of nostalgia. Even for somebody born well after that decade, but this is in reference in seeing a lot of period mystery/detective dramas/series and having been addicted to many in a long time. The photography is sumptuous too. The music continues to match the light-hearted and at times very atmospheric tone without any jarring.
The writing thought provokes and intrigues, with the lighter elements well judged and not feeling stale. The story had room to be even better but it was at least interesting and wasn't too obvious or convoluted. Alice as always is a joy to watch and features prominently here, her involvement in the story is just delightful. Also can't get enough of warm, amusing and good natured Marlene. All the cast do a great job, especially Blandine Bellavoir.
Overall, very well done episode if in need of more atmosphere. 8/10
- Jul 20, 2019