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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 MYSTERIES
The Murder at the Vicarage
The Body in the Library
A Murder Is Announced
4:50 From Paddington
Sleeping Murder
By the Pricking of My Thumbs
The Moving Finger
The Sittaford Mystery
Towards Zero
Nemesis
At Bertram’s Hotel
Ordeal by Innocence


Product Details

  • Actors: Geraldine McEwan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Color
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 1140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003YCI238
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,330 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Agatha Christie's Marple: Geraldine McEwan Collection" on IMDb

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By S. Woodward on May 26, 2012
Full disclosure: I'm very particular about my Marples. When it comes to Poirot, there's no argument that David Suchet is THE Poirot, but who is the real Marple? Geraldine McEwan is the winner, in my mind.

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.
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McEwan debuted as Miss Marple in late 2004 and soon received a best actress nomination and the show was nominated as "Outstanding" twice including an Emmy. She's played crime before as Lucia in Mapp & Lucia AND she was Mrs. Tripp in Wallace & Gromit films. In 2003, Geraldine was chosen to play Agatha Christie's Jane Marple. She retired in 2007 from that role after completing 12 hugely popular two-hour mysteries. This set is the complete series of Marple stories with McEwan as the `Lady Sherlock.' 12 feature-length Agatha Christie Marple tales. Rather bully jollification!
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.
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The plots are more updated. There is only so many times you can redo The Body In The Library, etc. So throw in a couple of lesbians in uptight 1950's, and there you go! It would have been funnier with a couple of gays, but lesbians are kinder and gentler. I enjoyed the new plots, but my favorites are mysteries that Marple was never originally in. Some of the actors (especially Eileen Atkins) are marvelous.

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.
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I can't speak to whether or not the stories have been changed dramatically from the actual books they're based upon, but I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed watching all three seasons of "Agatha Christie's Marple" staring Geraldine McEwan, which are collected here in this very affordable set AGATHA CHRISTIE'S MARPLE: THE GERALDINE MCEWAN COLLECTION DVDs.

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.
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