While traveling on a train to London, Miss Marple is told by a woman she has never met, Lavinia Pinkerton, that she is certain there have been two murders in her village of Wychwood. When Lavinia dies in what is purported to be an accident - she fell, or was pushed, down the escalator in a tube station - Miss Marple decides to visit Wychwood and see what she can find. As Miss Marple is apt to say, one English village is like another and Wychwood has its secrets like any other. The first woman to die was Florie Gibbs who, despite being experienced in such things, supposedly ate poison mushrooms she picked herself. The second was the local vicar who failed to wear his mask when using poison near his beehives. The third is a young woman who, it is said, accidentally drank hat dye instead of her cough medicine. Miss Marple finds a clue that points to a motive with origins many years before and a secret someone will do anything, including murder, to keep hidden.Written by
truly dire adaption of Agatha Christie. not only was the plot changed dramatically (different motive for killing etc) but also the dialogue creaked and was totally anachronistic. None of the characters spoke or treated each other like people from the 1940's - as though the writers were either completely ignorant, too lazy to read the original or watch contemporary drama, or desperately trying to make it more 'accessible' to a 21st century audience. But Agatha Christie is not The Tudors. Her characters and the language they spoke are still recognisable to people living today. The pace also sagged like a pair of ancient granny's tights. The only realistic thing in the entire episode was Gemma Redgrave's performance as the doctor's new widow going mad with grief - but perhaps she was desperately trying to escape the reality of the direness of the drama she found herself in. ITV seems to have completely lost confidence in Agatha Christie's power over her readers, which is strange considering the David Suchet Poirot series is meticulous and gripping and still making money for ITV today.
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