Donning the trademark tweeds as if they were made for her, the marvelous Julia McKenzie (Cranford, Notes on a Scandal) assumes the Marple mantle in four gripping new adaptations of Christie mysteries. With her ladylike manners and modest appearance, Dame Agatha's spinster sleuth blends into the background of fashionable society. However, her razor-sharp mind and no-nonsense view of human nature make her a formidable foe to evildoers, cracking the cases that even the professionals can't solve. Picturesque English scenery, grand estates, witty scripts, and lavish post-WWII period detail provide the perfect frame for "frighteningly fun mysteries" (Entertainment Weekly). The stellar supporting cast includes Matthew Macfadyen, Rupert Graves, Anna Chancellor, Jemma Redgrave, Helen Baxendale, Prunella Scales, Warren Clarke, Natalie Dormer, Rafe Spall, Kenneth Cranham, Samantha Bond, and Joan Collins. "Totally, unexpectedly fun" --E! Online. 4 episodes; approx. 372 minutes on 4 DVDs.
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A Pocket Full of Rye
Who poisoned wealthy businessman Rex Fortescue? Miss Marple barely has time to ponder this question before her former maid Gladys turns up strangled on the Fortescue estate, a clothes peg stuck on her nose. The murders seem to bear an uncanny resemblance to a child's nursery rhyme. Miss Marple and Inspector Neele uncover clues from the dead man's shadowy past that may reveal a method to the madness.
Murder is Easy
Murder is easy, as long as nobody thinks it's murder. So says elderly Miss Pinkerton to Miss Marple during a chance encounter on a train. When Miss Pinkerton herself dies, Miss Marple believes it was no accident. Her curiosity piqued, she travels to the peaceful village of Wychwood-under-Ashe to investigate. Charming her way into village life, she befriends a former policeman and discovers a secret worth killing for.
They Do It With Mirrors
Miss Marple's old friend Carrie-Louise has always had a soft heart for charitable causes. This time it's juvenile criminals, lodged in a reformatory on her estate. But her sister, Ruth van Rydock, is worried about her and asks Miss Marple to pay a visit. With her sharp eyes and unerring sleuthing skills, Miss Marple quickly assesses the situation--but not in time to prevent a murder. Can she save her friend from becoming the next victim?
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
A dying man's last words turn young Bobby Attfield into an amateur detective. With the help of two assistants, beautiful socialite Frankie Derwent and family friend Jane Marple, he sets out to solve the riddle they pose. When someone tries to kill Bobby, it only strengthens his resolve. A trail of clues leads the unlikely trio to Castle Savage and its strange inhabitants, the discovery of yet another murder, and the lingering question: why didn't they ask Evans?
- Biography of Julia McKenzie
- Biography of Agatha Christie
- Cast filmographies
- Photo gallery
Run Time: 372 minutes
Number of discs: 4
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
"McKenzie offers a full-on, carefully nuanced Marple, a thrilling combination of fusty fastidiousness and unparalleled deductive reasoning that perfectly evokes Christie's great creation."--San Francisco Chronicle
"People do tend to confide in old ladies--don't you find?"--Miss Marple
"Other than the acting, there are a several other distinct pleasures offered by Agatha Christie's Marple: Series 4."--DVD Verdict
"Well worth watching"--DVD Verdict