Agatha Christie's Marple, Series 1
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|Format||Color, Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen, Box set, Closed-captioned|
|Number of discs||4|
|Runtime||6 hours and 16 minutes|
|Publication date||24 May 2005|
She's back! Proper, demure, and sharp as a tack, Agatha Christie's beloved Miss Marple returns to the limelight in sparkling new adaptations of four classic Christie novels. Geraldine McEwan (The Magdalene Sisters, Mapp & Lucia) is the ladylike sleuth, a wispy senior citizen who blows the police professionals out of the water with her keen insight and shrewdly analytical nature. Fearless and uncommonly wise to the worst in human nature, Marple has lived a long time-and she's paid attention.
As seen on the PBS Mystery! series, these lavish 21st-century productions are rich in post-WWII period atmosphere and delicious Christie wit, with star-studded casts that include Joanna Lumley, Derek Jacobi, Tara Fitzgerald, Ian Richardson, Janet McTeer, Zok Wanamaker, Simon Callow, James Fox, John Hannah, and Celia Imrie.
Murder at the Vicarage
The Body in the Library
A Murder Is Announced
4:50 From Paddington
DVD special features include an hour-long behind-the-scenes featurette with cast and crew interviews, a history of Miss Marple adaptations, a photo gallery and more.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 19.69 x 13.97 x 6.35 cm; 181.44 Grams
- Item Model Number : 2228910
- Media Format : Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 6 hours and 16 minutes
- Release date : 24 May 2005
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Unqualified
- Studio : Acorn Media
- ASIN : B0007Y3XRG
- Number of discs : 4
- Best Sellers Rank: 34,085 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The acting is first-rate in this boxed set. Of course, the writing is closely based on Agatha Christie's stories of Miss Jane Marple. (I have read all of Christie's "Marple" books, and I actually think the British dramatizations are better than the books. That is saying something, because I LOVE reading murder mysteries normally!) The only "downside" are 2 small quibbles I have: 1. The price. This is a very costly price for 4 extra-long episodes of the stories. and 2. I wanted to order the full 3 series (1-3) of Geraldine McEwan's portrayal of Marple, and unfortunately that "complete set" of hers is currently unavailable. So if you enjoy this set as I did, you then have to order numbers 2 & 3 individually. And that is darn expensive!
What I didn't understand, until I did a little bit of research, is why Geraldine McEwan hadn't continued portraying Miss Marple for series 4-6. Why had Julia McKenzie--generally considered "Marple #3"--taken over for those series? It's because Geraldine McEwan had had a fall after the 3rd series. She wasn't physically well enough to continue to play Miss Marple. I prefer Geraldine McEwan as "Marple #2"; my husband thinks Julia McKenzie is "Marple #2"! I would strongly recommend this series to anyone who loves good British mysteries; decide for yourself!!