Agatha Christie’s Marple : The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side (2010 ITV)

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A troubled Hollywood actress and her director husband move to St. Mary Mead, but their arrival becomes clouded in tragedy when an ardent fan is fatally poisoned during a garden party.

Mystery drama, starring Julia McKenzie, Lindsay Duncan, Joanna Lumley, Nigel Harman, Victoria Smurfit, Hugh Bonneville and Samuel Barnett.

I have to confess I don’t recall at all the 1992 BBC version with Joan Hickson. All I had in memory is the splendid 1980 movie version “The Mirror Crack’d” with Angela Lansbury, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis, Kim Novak, Geraldine Chaplin and Edward Fox.

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Lindsay Duncan is absolutely perfect in the part of Marina Gregg and I rather prefer Julia McKenzie over Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple. I think that it is too bad that ITV producers chose McEwan in the first place, and that they decided to adapt Agatha Christie’s other works such as “By The Pricking of My Thumbs” which is a Tommy and Tuppence Beresford’s story among others. Agatha Christie wrote twelve novels and nineteen short stories with Miss Marple, there was quite enough material in the first place to make a great series faithful to Christie.

As a conclusion, I’ll say that my favourite is the glamorous version by Bond’s director, Guy Hamilton. He directed as well a great version of  “Evil Under the Sun” with Peter Ustinov in 1982.

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