Agatha Christie's Marple: Series 5
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Julia McKenzie plays Marple as a practical, plainspoken woman whom one would probably not mistake for a dotty old lady. The extent to which the police detectives do, however, varies. In "The Secret of Chimneys", the Scotyard Yard detective is familiar with Miss Marple's reputation for solving mysteries, and he seems to expect her to contribute to the case. "The Blue Geranium"'s detective tends to think her a nuisance who couldn't possibly be of much help. It might be nice to have deeper characterizations of the detectives, but there are so many characters in these stories that there is no time for any of them in depth. It's a credit to the actors that some characters come across strongly. In any case, I found Series 5 the most consistently entertaining of the "Marple" series thus far.
An American movie star moves to St. Mary Mead in "The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side".Read more ›
Of the new Marple series, this is probably the best set yet.
Julia Mckenzie is more at ease in her second year as Miss Marple. She explains her take on the character in a texted interview. She feels that the early Miss Marple stories depict the sleuth as a fragile Victorian lady, while in the later stories she is more of a tweedier & solid detective. It is this later Miss Marple that Julia has chosen for the personality in these episodes.
This set benefits from two mysteries that have not been dramatized before (correct me if I am wrong). The best being a Miss Marple short story THE BLUE GERANIUM, at an hour and a half it does not feel padded out. These are the stories that this new series should have gone for in the first place, rather than re-doing the earlier masterpieces by Joan Hickson. There are so many Miss Marple short stories that have not been dramatized that it is a shame it took 5 years for the new series to recognize them. The short stories worked well for the Poirot series, I hope that we will see more of these brought to life.
The individual DVDs are numbered as volumes, but there are no plans to sell them separately.
Volume 1: THE MIRROR CRACKED FROM SIDE TO SIDE (2009) 89 minutes - with Joanna Lumeley. While in its own right this is an very enjoyable mystery, well staged & filmed. If you are not familiar with the story it will keep you guessing until the end. The time line based on the cars and Cinemascope movies at the local theater Miss Marple attends puts this story around 1955, a little later than I imagine most Miss Marple stories to take place.Read more ›
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A modern series based on the books of one of my favorite authors, Agatha Christie.Published 12 days ago by Zana Lummus
Excellent mystery. Excellent acting. Beautiful photography.Published 12 days ago by Rodney F. Pommier
Sundays are not the same without Agatha Christie. Marple and Poirot are two of my all time favorite shows. Agatha Christie is still entertaining people around the world.Published 21 days ago by PJ
Enjoying watching these classic TV movies now available to Amazon Prime Members.Published 1 month ago by Yolanda Naugles
Live the stories. Sound quality was not as good as I would have expected.Published 1 month ago by excepevents