Eyes sparkling and tweeds impeccable, Julia McKenzie (Cranford, Notes on a Scandal) returns as Agatha Christie's spinster sleuth in three new mysteries set in 1950s England. Murder is afoot, and Miss Marple is up to the task of determining whodunit. She may look like a pensioner, but she doesn't miss a clue on the way to solving heinous crimes, whether the weapon is a gun, a cocktail, or the color blue. Each story unfolds against a rich background of grand English estates, gorgeous scenery, and post-WWII period detail. Julia McKenzie proves "delightful to watch" (Los Angeles Times), and she's supported by a stellar cast of veteran British actors including Lindsay Duncan, Joanna Lumley, Hugh Bonneville, Edward Fox, Caroline Quentin, Jonas Armstrong, Sharon Small, Kevin McNally, and Toby Stephens. 4 episodes; approx. 267 min., plus 66 minutes of bonus programming. 4 DVD or Blu-ray discs.
The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side
St. Mary Mead is abuzz with the news that Hollywood star Marina Gregg has moved into Gossington Hall. When Marina and her dashing young husband host a party for the village, a garrulous fan drops dead after drinking a poisoned cocktail. But was the drink meant for her or for Marina? Miss Marple ponders a cast of suspicious characters.
The Secret of Chimneys
Miss Marple accompanies Lady Virginia Revel to her family home of Chimneys, a great house once famed for its diplomatic gatherings. MP George Lomax has persuaded Virginia's father to host an evening for an Austrian count. George has also proposed to Virginia, who is torn between her duty and her heart. Then a murder in a secret passageway puts Miss Marple on the path to uncovering Chimney's dark past.
The Blue Geranium
Miss Marple turns to her old friend Sir Henry Clithering, retired from Scotland Yard, for help with a troubling case. Did the wealthy and unpopular Mary Pritchard really die of shock when the geranium on her wallpaper turned blue? And what about the murder that happened soon after, and the body discovered shortly before? Miss Marple has new evidence and must stop a court hearing before the wrong person is found guilty.
The Pale Horse
Miss Marple receives a mysterious list of names from her friend Father Gorman, who sent it moments before he was brutally murdered on a London street. She soon discovers that people on the list are dying. A clue leads her to the Pale Horse Inn in Hampshire, a spooky establishment run by three modern-day witches. As she closes in on the truth, one of the guests is found dead in his bed, and Miss Marple learns that her own life may be in danger.
- Bonus Program: Agatha Christie's Garden, a revealing documentary about Agatha Christie's personal retreat
- Bonus Program: The Pale Horse, starring Colin Buchannan, Jean Marsh, and Andy Serkis
- Text interviews with Julia McKenzie and Joanna Lumley
- Background on shooting locations
- Information on Agatha Christie's 120th Anniversary
- Biography of Julia McKenzie
- Cast filmographies
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 267 minutes, plus 66 minutes of bonus programming
Number of Discs: 4
Color or B&W: Color
SDH: Yes, main program only
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
"Julia McKenzie proves delightful to watch"--Los Angeles Times
"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