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Miss Marple

  • Season 1
  • 4 episodes
  • Drama

Summary

Detective drama series featuring Agatha Christie's unassuming amateur sleuth solving a series of murders.

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Episode 4: A Pocketful of Rye

Summary

Feature-length episode of the detective drama. Agatha Christie's elderly sleuth is intrigued by the case of a businessman who died in his `counting house' with a pocketful of rye - and as she sets out to crack the `crime by rhyme', suspicion soon falls on the household and staff at Yew Tree Lodge. Joan Hickson, Timothy West, Peter Davison, Tom Wilkinson, Stacy Dorning, Clive Merrison and Rachel Bell star.
Recommended

Review

Anyone who dismisses Agatha Christie as a cosy and safe writer should watch this memorable 1985 BBC adaptation of A Pocketful of Rye starring Joan Hickson.

Taking the innocent nursery rhyme as her launch point, the Queen of Crime goes on to weave a rather vicious web, with one disturbing murder seeing a character hung out on a washing line, a peg attached sadistically to their nose. A bucolic, whimsical whodunnit this most certainly isn’t. 

The guest cast add to the sense of menace, too, with Peter Davison, Timothy West and Stacy (Keep It in the Family) Dorning all playing members of an upper-class family who appear to be being targeted by a ruthless killer.

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Cast

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Miss MarpleJoan Hickson
Rex FortescueTimothy West
Lance FortescuePeter Davison
Jennifer FortescueRachel Bell
Det Insp NeeleTom Wilkinson
Percival FortescueClive Merrison
Adele FortescueStacy Dorning
Vivian DuboisMartyn Stanbridge
Mary DoveSelina Cadell
Miss HendersonFabia Drake

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  • Episode 4

    A Pocketful of Rye

    Summary

    Feature-length episode of the detective drama. Agatha Christie's elderly sleuth is intrigued by the case of a businessman who died in his `counting house' with a pocketful of rye - and as she sets out to crack the `crime by rhyme', suspicion soon falls on the household and staff at Yew Tree Lodge. Joan Hickson, Timothy West, Peter Davison, Tom Wilkinson, Stacy Dorning, Clive Merrison and Rachel Bell star.
    Recommended

    Review

    Anyone who dismisses Agatha Christie as a cosy and safe writer should watch this memorable 1985 BBC adaptation of A Pocketful of Rye starring Joan Hickson.

    Taking the innocent nursery rhyme as her launch point, the Queen of Crime goes on to weave a rather vicious web, with one disturbing murder seeing a character hung out on a washing line, a peg attached sadistically to their nose. A bucolic, whimsical whodunnit this most certainly isn’t. 

    The guest cast add to the sense of menace, too, with Peter Davison, Timothy West and Stacy (Keep It in the Family) Dorning all playing members of an upper-class family who appear to be being targeted by a ruthless killer.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Miss MarpleJoan Hickson
    Rex FortescueTimothy West
    Lance FortescuePeter Davison
    Jennifer FortescueRachel Bell
    Det Insp NeeleTom Wilkinson
    Percival FortescueClive Merrison
    Adele FortescueStacy Dorning
    Vivian DuboisMartyn Stanbridge
    Mary DoveSelina Cadell
    Miss HendersonFabia Drake
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