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Agatha Christie's Marple - Series 1

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

I adore Geraldine McEwan

I understand some people are fanatical in their devotion to Joan Hickson, but if you can open your mind and accept other interpretations of the character, these are absolutely wonderful. I've recently reread some of the books these were based on, and one word that popp...
I understand some people are fanatical in their devotion to Joan Hickson, but if you can open your mind and accept other interpretations of the character, these are absolutely wonderful. I've recently reread some of the books these were based on, and one word that popped up often in describing Miss Marple was "twinkle". She twinkles, she twinkles at people, her eyes twinkle, on and on. This can't be said of Miss Hickson's portrayal, who never twinkles, but is no-nonsense, sensible, and even rather cold and condescending, in my opinion. I much prefer the 'kinder, gentler' version of Geraldine McEwan. No one twinkles like she does! She's a joy to watch, so much fun, you can tell the actress loves the character, and the character loves what she's doing. And this obviously carries over to the rest of the cast, crew, and production. Everything about this new version of Miss Marple is top notch - the acting, directing, photography, scripts, cinematography - extremely entertaining. I could watch them over and over (and if fact do, having bought both seasons, and am eagerly awaiting the next). No, they do not always follow the books word for word. Yes, they take some poetic license with characters and/or plot. This just helps to keep it fresh and always surprising - you can't assume you know 'whodunit' just because you read the book or watched another version. And having recently seen a repeat of one of the Joan Hickson episodes, I found a few liberties they took with plot also, ones that I personally didn't care for. If you love a good mystery, beautifully done and with a sense of humor and style, these are highly recommended - along with anything starring Ms McEwan, a wonderful actress and a real treasure.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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The BBC is going down the drain! The use of Agatha Christie's name on this latest remake of Miss Marple mysteries is the REAL crime here. There's absolutely little to no resemblance to Christie's intricate plots and wonderfully written characters. What's up with the g...
The BBC is going down the drain! The use of Agatha Christie's name on this latest remake of Miss Marple mysteries is the REAL crime here. There's absolutely little to no resemblance to Christie's intricate plots and wonderfully written characters. What's up with the grotesque back lighting of the sets? Neon greens and orange? Sideway camera angles are another dizzy addition. I honestly believe that Geraldine McEwan is a good choice to play Miss Marple and she makes a terrific effort to rise above the lousy scriptwriting and tacky direction. But that is a near to impossible feat for any actor. In this series most of the characters have either been changed, or left out. Some new ones are added. The so-called mystery is quickly summed up with more confusion and foolishness, you're left with one question.....HUH?? Hack writers at their worst. This is just one tasteless and confusing goulash.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing New Miss Marple

    I borrowed this set from our local library and was very disappointed in what's been done to Miss Marple. First and most important, the actress selected to play her does not fit the bill. Then there's the really bad changes to Christie's books. Of course, ALL book-to-film movies are adaptations! However, I couldn't see Agatha Christie in these episodes. In one they actually have the gall to give Miss Marple a love affair with a married man!! In flashbacks we see a young Jane Marple meeting her lover in the train and she french kisses this guy in front of other men. Geez!! This is in the time of World War I, with a young woman raised in a small village by her Vicar father. What an unthinkable addition to others that seek to modernize Miss Marple. Lots of other non-Christie twists such as semi-nude sex scenes are put in to make this series interesting?? We get that at every turn on any TV series. I miss the quaint, village-born Miss Marple with a great brain. This series has dumped all of that. It's 90% disappointing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    is there a new side to Christie's Marple?

    an effort that does not meet the high standard of previous productions. yes, good acting, and direction, but the "rewrite" of Christie script takes off in confusion to somewhere beyond Agatha's world. And where are the wonderful scenes and costumes of the Hickson/Suchet versions? This all looks like re-cycled studio stuff. Badly done, PBS, badly done.

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