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Agatha Christie's Marple: Geraldine McEwan Collection
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As seen on the PBS Mystery! series
Geraldine McEwan (The Magdalene Sisters, Mapp & Lucia) effortlessly captures the sly wit and keen observations of Agatha Christie’s beloved spinster sleuth in these 12 full-length mysteries. Prim and proper in her smart tweed suits and matching hats, Miss Marple is often overlooked by the police and underestimated by criminals. But she proves her mettle time and again, solving cases that leave even the most experienced professionals flummoxed. These lavish adaptations are filled with rich period detail and feature top guest stars, including Jane Seymour, Joanna Lumley, Derek Jacobi, Zoë Wanamaker, Eileen Atkins, Anthony Andrews, Peter Davison, Timothy Dalton, John Hannah, Keeley Hawes, Greg Wise, Francesca Annis, and Juliet Stevenson. "Irresistible" --TV Guide.
The Murder at the Vicarage
The Body in the Library
A Murder Is Announced
4:50 From Paddington
By the Pricking of My Thumbs
The Moving Finger
The Sittaford Mystery
At Bertram’s Hotel
Ordeal by Innocence
Top Customer Reviews
Are the plots of the movies altered from the original books? Yes. I actually prefer that to be honest. I've read every Agatha Christie novel so many times that it wouldn't really be a "mystery" to me if they hadn't changed the plots a bit, and I do like what they've done with some of them. In addition, the characters are, in some cases, a bit more stylized and over-the-top than I believe Agatha Christie intended. But the sets are fabulous, the clothes and makeup are spot-on and, as I said, Geraldine McEwan is a treasure.
If you're a purist, maybe these aren't for you. But speaking as someone who adores Agatha Christie, these adaptations are delightful.
Ms McEwan: "I imagine there must be people who don't like the changes but I personally feel that probably Agatha Christie wouldn't mind. A book becomes something else once it's dramatized. But what you want to be is faithful to the original essence of Agatha Christie."
Casts were super with stars like Joanna Lumley, Derek Jacobi (Cadfael), well the description lists many and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Locations are as fantastic as those in "Foyle's War", "Brideshead Revisited", and "Midsomer Murders." Costumes are just as wonderful.
CC subtitles are available for those of us who like them.
I really liked this Marple actress. Past complaints reappear as always when the actress playing Miss Marple is changed. But this time, it seems to have worked to advantage. Also there were, back in the original airing days, complaints about overacting. It didn't quite seem real. Get real complainers of the past. It's fiction. Anyone thinking a senior-aged female would be outdoing all of the police detectives of Britain is not quite together themselves. It is fun crime entertainment, with tongue-in-cheek realism, just right for a night on the sofa with a bowl of popcorn.Read more ›
Miss Marple this time around is more of a Bohemian, puckish kind of sleuth. Kind of cute, hippie Miss Marple. It fits Geraldine McEwan's petite size. I do love Joan Hickson as Miss Marple, but this is a nice change. With Hickson, she's prim and proper. With Julia McKenzie a warm, rather stout Miss Marple. They are all good actors.
So give the new versions a chance. They'll grow on you.
There's over 19-hours of mysteries to get involved in and I enjoyed McEwan's portrayal.
If you read my other review for the fifth season of Agatha Christie's Marple: Complete Series 5 [Blu-ray] you'll know that I started with that season and so I'm working my way backwards into this show. Anyway, I really enjoyed season 5 and so I decided to get this collection; I'm glad that I did.
Even though there is a cast change after season three and Julia McKenzie takes over the role of "Jane Marple" from Geraldine McEwan, both actresses do a fine job in it. Now I've read some of the other reviews who felt that neither actress did justice to the character, or felt that Joan Hickson (Miss Marple - 3 Feature Length Mysteries (The Body in the Library / A Murder Is Announced / A Pocketful of Rye)) was the definitive Miss Marple, but I enjoyed all three.
Mind you that I've only read one Christie story, "The Blue Geranium," so I'm not at all an aficionado of Christie or her characters, but I found the mysteries on this collection entertaining and I'll be watching them over and over again.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
excellent interpretation of the Miss Marple mysteries. Both Miss Marple actresses are excellent, each in her own way.Published 1 month ago by Kendall L. Mccarty
My wife is a huge Agatha Christie fan. I got Geraldine McEwan collection for her because we all know that she was the best Miss Marple. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jamie Tindall
Geraldine McEwan is a fine actress and the production values for the series is quite good, but the choice of McEwan as Miss Marple is totally miscast. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Todd Zimmerman
Everything about this product arrived in perfect condition. The stories are well written and I believe Geraldine McEwan's depiction of Miss Marple is sheer perfection!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
These new and updated scripts are a poor translation of Agatha Christie's work. They lack her vision and her perspective. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bookkeeper
The movies are, on the whole, very good mysteries. But the wrap-up at the end of each seems contrived, a vehicle to display Miss Marple's little gray cells (per another Christie... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Freeman Gilbert
I love Geraldine Mc Ewan's portrayal of Agatha Christies Miss Marple... She's playful in her role showing that an older woman from the country who knits looks unassuming and people... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer