Agatha Christie's Miss Marple - Series 3

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Though they might be fooled by her delicate exterior, criminals underestimate Agatha Christie's mild-mannered spinster sleuth at their peril! In the expert care of acclaimed actress Geraldine McEwan, the beloved Miss Marple blends into the scenery of her elegant surroundings. All the better to observe the foibles of human nature that lead to evil -- and to surprise one and all when she solves crimes that baffle the professionals. Rich with period detail, these all-new adaptations feature stellar supporting casts,...
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Overview

Though they might be fooled by her delicate exterior, criminals underestimate Agatha Christie's mild-mannered spinster sleuth at their peril! In the expert care of acclaimed actress Geraldine McEwan, the beloved Miss Marple blends into the scenery of her elegant surroundings. All the better to observe the foibles of human nature that lead to evil -- and to surprise one and all when she solves crimes that baffle the professionals. Rich with period detail, these all-new adaptations feature stellar supporting casts, including Richard E. Grant, Amanda Burton, Eileen Atkins, Peter Davison, Jane Seymour, and more. The mysteries include: "Towards Zero"; "At Bertram's Hotel"; "Nemesis"; and "Ordeal by Innocence," all of which originally aired in the U. K. in 1987, and subsequently aired on PBS's Mystery! series.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Photo galleries; Agatha Christie bio; Cast filmographies
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • UPC: 054961978090
  • Source: Acorn Media
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 6:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,651

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Geraldine McEwan
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Agatha Christie's Marple: Series 3, Vol. 1 - Towards Zero
1. Converging [9:42]
2. Perfectly Ghastly [9:12]
3. Look at Us Now [9:22]
4. Envy [10:03]
5. We Don't Belong [9:25]
6. Investigation Begins [10:43]
7. Peculiarities [10:17]
8. Unhappy Woman [9:30]
9. Odd Case [8:18]
10. Making Connections [6:18]
Disc #2 -- Agatha Christie's Marple: Series 3, Vol. 2 - Nemesis
1. Possible Crime [7:53]
2. Mad Little Band [9:13]
3. Tickets [9:16]
4. Verity [12:28]
5. Love Thine Enemy [7:34]
6. Not an Accident [11:31]
7. All Good Things [6:58]
8. Martyrdom [10:01]
9. Escaped [14:26]
10. A New World [3:28]
Disc #3 -- Agatha Christie's Marple: Series 3, Vol. 3 - At Bertram's Hotel
1. Welcome Back [10:51]
2. Secret Hats [12:34]
3. A Helping Jane [8:05]
4. Will Reading [5:46]
5. Mistaken Hat? [9:18]
6. Sniper [9:52]
7. Room 123 [8:15]
8. Lizzie [10:41]
9. Back to the Beginning [11:55]
10. The Missing Vermeer [5:57]
Disc #4 -- Agatha Christie's Marple: Series 3, Vol. 4 - Ordeal by Innocence
1. That's Jacko [11:04]
2. Dear Miss Marple [6:59]
3. Charades [9:57]
4. Maureen [9:33]
5. Charles Bravo Case [8:51]
6. Arrested Development [11:53]
7. What Cyril Saw [9:16]
8. Second Victim [13:55]
9. Secrets Revealed [11:49]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Agatha Christie's Marple: Series 3, Vol. 1 - Towards Zero
   Play Program
   Scene Index
   Special Features
      Agatha Christie Biography
      Photo Gallery
         Play
      Cast Filmographies
         Geraldine McEwan
         Eileen Atkins
         Saffron Burrows
         Greg Wise
         Julian Sands
         Tom Baker
         Julie Graham
         Alan Davies
Disc #2 -- Agatha Christie's Marple: Series 3, Vol. 2 - Nemesis
   Play Program
   Scene Index
   Photo Gallery
      Play
   Cast Filmographies
      Geraldine McEwan
      Richard E. Grant
      Johnny Briggs
      George Cole
      Amanda Burton
Disc #3 -- Agatha Christie's Marple: Series 3, Vol. 3 - At Bertram's Hotel
   Play Program
   Scene Index
   Photo Gallery
      Play
   Cast Filmographies
      Geraldine McEwan
      Francesca Annis
      Martine McCutcheon
      Peter Davison
      Vincent Regan
      Polly Walker
Disc #4 -- Agatha Christie's Marple: Series 3, Vol. 4 - Ordeal by Innocence
   Play Program
   Scene Index
   Photo Gallery
      Play
   Cast Filmographies
      Geraldine McEwan
      Jane Seymour
      Juliette Stevenson
      Alison Steadman
      Richard Armitage
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Agatha Christie's Miss Marple - Series 3

    Just when I thought this series couldn't sink any lower, WOW, we get Series 3. Four more Agatha Christie books given a hatchet job. BERTRAM'S HOTEL: In keeping with this new series, the plot, characters, time-frame and ending have been changed by people who think they can do better than Christie. The main characters of Bess Sedgwick, Lady Selena Hazy, and Cannon Pennyfather have been changed. Bess Sedgwick is no longer a blonde, attractive, dare-devil and absentee mom. Now she's a plump, depressed drudge. Cannon Pennyfather is no the sweet Cleric, he's something else (I wouldn't dare give away their new "plot"). Even Bertram's Hotel is not a classy Edwardian place with impeccable service and ritzy teas. It's a madhouse with young twits screaming and running to hear LOUIE ARMSTRONG who's performing with one of the biggest Jazz Singers I've ever seen on a stage. Of course they have to throw in a NAZI tagline. An Al Capone style gun shootouts too just for laughs. If this wasn't insult enough, they throw in a MAID who does the majority of sleuth work. Well, why not. They make poor Miss Marple so dithering and twinkling, she now needs a MAID to help her. Oh yeah, the MAID sums of the crime while Miss Marple takes a backseat. Later she goes off to shack up with a policeman whose name she just found out (this is 1950's folks). NEMESIS: These absolutely repetitive numbskulls have to put in another German angle. Again all characters, plots, etc., have been changed. Main characters of Jason and Michael Rafiel are no longer British.....they're German. Three sisters (major characters in Christie's book and part of the plot), have been changed to NUNS. Get it???? Sisters-----Nuns. Such a darn waste of so many good actors. TOWARDS ZERO: Yep. That's exactly where this series is going. Greg Wise is wasted as one of the major characters, his lines are so unbelievable. Geez, I'm getting tired. ORDEAL BY INNOCENCE: That's what Agatha Christie's fans are going through. But those of us who have even no clue of her wonderful books should be forwarned. This ain't great British mystery drama. Bottom line.....this series is dreadful. Even if I wasn't an Agatha Christie fan I would still be confused. There's no real mystery, no good timing, and no satisfying endings. Each 90 minute episode is rushed through with as many disbelievable characters as can pass through. It's a truly sad thing and a terrible waste.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Agatha Christie's Miss Marple - Series 3

    This series is not done well at all. I am also disappointed at what they've done to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. I do not like the way they're writing her. I think the actress playing her would be good if they gave her some way to really act like Miss Marple. I don't read the books so I can't tell the changes. But I do like mysteries and these aren't what I've expected. In the Bertram's, I also hated the fact that a maid in the 1950's would not have enough work of her own to do, and would push Miss Marple out of the picture to be the detective. Poor Miss Marple. I think this was the worse one of all. I liked seeing the actors and many that I haven't seen in a long time. I felt like everything was loud and rushed, with stuff just thrown in at the end. At least it's something to watch other than Law and Order when you get tired of it. I like the England settings, and am grateful they didn't change THAT. Oh well, I watch them for free. I wouldn't buy this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Agatha Christie's Miss Marple - Series 3

    I love Geraldine McEwan and still think she could have made a wonderful Miss Marple. She seems like she was a good pick to be the amateur detective from Agatha Christie. But one episode, to me the worse ever, they shoved Miss Marple to the side to let a stupid maid "yes, Maid!!" take the lead. The maid annoying in her presumptuous arrogance. Even today you don't see maids hanging around the guests. They're too busy and hard-working. As she pushes Miss Marple aside, sadly with Marple's approval, it's an insult to those of us who love the character! These people have created a pathethic creature of someone who should be smart, cunning and likable. I've also noticed many actors I've seen before, but think are not well used. The main problem is that the series is not good. I don't even think it's a mystery series at all. For once after watching Agatha Christie's mysteries on Public television, I'm terribly disappointed. This truly has never happened before.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly Disappointing in Every Way

    I looked forward to seeing the new Miss Marple series on PBS since they've never had a British Mystery series that wasn't superior. Well, all hopes were gone after seeing both Bertram's Hotel and Nemesis. Yes, she is comical. However, I don't think that was the director's actual intent. Geraldine McEwan is horribly miscast (impecabble "past" career notwithstanding). As a matter of fact, there are a lot of used-to-be good actors in this series. Regardless, it's lousy. The plots are truly stupid. Bad direction, and mind-numbing foolishness that is simply B-O-R-I-N-G. How on earth they were able to fill 90 minutes for each episode is beyond me. There's one GOOD thing about it, though. If you have INSOMNIA, watch it (videotape it so you get it for free). It's a guaranteed snoozer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

    My favorite Miss Marple is Margaret Rutherford, but I do like Ge

    My favorite Miss Marple is Margaret Rutherford, but I do like Geraldine McEwan as well. She plays the role quietly--underestimated
    until her brilliance is revealed, nice twinkle in her eye, never once doubting her mastery. My least favorite Miss Marple -- the current one
    (Julie McKenzie?).  Not necessarily her fault but the series has become fast, flashy, gimmicky -- exactly the qualites that would
    annoy a character like Miss Marple and her fans.  

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    GREAT

    GREAT CHRISTIE STORIES PLAYED TO PERFECTION BY MCEWAN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    McEwan Marple Magnificent!

    Geraldine McEwan breathes new life and she provides both an amusing and charming characterization of Agatha Christie's murder solving matron Miss Jane Marple in all three of the current Marple Series. Celebrated on stage, screen and television for forty years, Geraldine McEwan gives us a charming, amusing little lady crime solver, who once you've met her, will be a friend of yours for life. Truly excellent production standards and top supporting actors make Marple 3 another winning conrtibution to the murder mystery genre. Steeped in the mileu of post-World War II, early 1950's, southern England with its quaint villages and lovely coastlines, and at a posh hotel in London, Marple 3 continues the crisp, fast moving murder mysteries, filled with the odd characters, beautiful people and surprising plot twists, which have characterized the previous two Marple Series. It's England and about English people mostly, so don't forget that. The accents mostly are English. Not every slang term or period comment may be apparent to the modern viewer. To a viewer like me, that's part of the period charm. Be aware of these aspects of the production, however, should these aspects be a bother to you. Unlike Agatha Christie's better known sleuth, the 1930's Belgian Hercule Poirot, there is nothing stiff, stuffy or sterile about Miss Marple. She flirts, she jokes, she counsels and consoles with the many people of all ages and of all walks of life encountered in her mysteries. As further displayed in Marple 3, this charming, knitting, late-60's-something, proper British lady is also The Nemesis who unerringly reconstructs the crime and finds the murderer, every time. Marple 3 is a must for PBS Mystery lovers like me!

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    Posted April 30, 2009

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