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Agatha Christie's Marple - The Complete Series 4 [DVD]

Julia McKenzie , Rose Heiney , Charlie Palmer    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Julia McKenzie, Rose Heiney, Laura Haddock, Kenneth Cranham, Thea Collings
  • Directors: Charlie Palmer
  • Writers: Agatha Christie, Kevin Elyot
  • Producers: Damien Timmer, Gabriel Silver, Karen Thrussell, Matthew Hamilton, Michele Buck
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 372 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029KQO22
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,587 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Celebrated actresses Julia McKenzie (Cranford; Notes On A Scandal) debuts in the role of world-famous crime writer Agatha Christie's shrewd and inquisitive Miss Jane Marple in this stunning set of brand new murder mysteries. Miss Marple�s sweet old lady exterior hides an excellent perception of human nature and a razor sharp intuition for solving crimes - murderers underestimate her at their peril! These beautifully shot films boast exceptional international casts and high production values.

This DVD contains the following murder mysteries:

A Pocket Full Of Rye
Businessman Rex Fortescue (Ken Cranham, Rome) is poisoned, and found with a pocketful of rye in his jacket. Inspector Neele (Matthew McFadyen, Pride and Prejudice) is called to investigate, ably assisted by Miss Marple, but the call comes too late as Rex�s cheating young wife Adele (Anna Madeley, Sense and Sensibility) is also found dead. The question is, who will be next? The impressive cast also includes Rupert Graves (The Forsyte Saga), Helen Baxendale (Cold Feet),Wendy Richard (EastEnders), Prunella Scales (Fawlty Towers), Ralf Little (The Royle Family) and Ben Miles (Coupling).

Murder Is Easy
Miss Marple charms her way into the peaceful village of Wychwoodunder-Ashe to investigate a series of murders, and is befriended by Luke Fitzwilliam (Benedict Cumberbatch, Atonement), a handsome former policeman. But amongst a succession of sudden deaths, and a local election, Marple prepares to deliver a secret so shocking the village will never be the same again. Also starring Margo Stilley (9 Songs), Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter), Anna Chancellor (Spooks), Hugo Speer (Bleak House) and Jemma Redgrave (Cold Blood).

They Do It With Mirrors
When Miss Marple goes to stay with her friend Carrie-Louise, she soon realises that all is not well. Not only is this the family home, but it also serves as a rehabilitation centre for delinquent boys. But then an attempt is made on the life of Carrie-Louise�s husband, her step-son is murdered and someone tries to poison Carrie-Louise. Starring Joan Collins (Dynasty), Maxine Peake (Shameless) and Penelope Wilton (Pride and Prejudice).

Why Didn�t They Ask Evans?
As the sole witness to a dying man�s last words--�Why didn�t they ask Evans?�--Bobby Attfield is determined to solve the riddle they pose. Forming an unlikely alliance with socialite Frankie Derwent and visiting family friend Miss Marple, his resolve is strengthened when someone tries to kill him. A trail of clues leads them to Castle Savage and its inhabitants. Starring Rik Mayall (The Young Ones), Richard Briers (Monarch Of The Glen), MarkWilliams (Harry Potter; The Fast Show) and Samantha Bond (James Bond).



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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Julia Mckenzie as Marple 8 Mar 2010
Format:DVD
I think that Mckenzie's interpretation of Miss Marple is gleaming. I loved all the actresses who played Miss Marple ( probably was less keen on Geraldine Mcewan ) However, they all imparted their own interpretation of this lovely shrewd little lady from St Mary Mead. I have only managed to see the Mckenzie version of 'A Pocket full of Rye'. I like to read the novels and then view the television ( in some cases film )and then judge them against the novel. I thought that ' A Pocket full of Rye' was most suitably adapted to the screen. I have viewed the Hickson version of the same name as well as having read the book years ago. I liked the actors employed too. I thought Mary Dove could have been cast as more old-fashioned though. Julia was as gentle as Miss Marple could have ever been. My favourite Miss Marple is undeniably Joan Hickson, but I appreciate other actresses interpretations too.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a break and a look in 3 Aug 2010
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I'm sorry people don't like Julia McKenzie in the role. To be honest I was surprised when she was cast, because she's someone I didn't think old enough, though she probably is. This is an incredibly talented actress, who not only acts, she dances, sings, directs, produces all sorts of projects and is a general all-rounder.

I don't think there'll ever be a Miss Marple that fits in with anyone's idea from the books. Much like Poirot, who David Suchet took to his own, but Albert Finney probably inhabited better (though he was annoying). So whether you go for Margaret Rutherford's jowels, Joan Hickson's old 'bird' impression, Angela Lansbury's trying to get past some risible writing in the film, Geraldine McEwan's odd casting and the liberties they took with some of the plots, or Julia McKenzie's interpretation with some more liberties, it doesn't matter. The overall strength of Christie's writing, even when it's been through some very modern interpretations, still works. She never considered herself a very good writer, and there are some very odd moment in some of her books that wouldn't get past the PC brigade these days, but they last. And they'll probably still be remaking them with Amy Winehouse as Miss Marple in decades to come and Matt Lucas playing Poirot.

But I'm glad they're still making the series. Yes, they're not deep and meaningful, but they do provide a welcome break from reality TV. Go for it, I say. Unless they cast Katie Price in the roll, I'll still keep watching. And it's good to find a role that needs to be played by an older actress, who isn't still trying to kid the world they're still in their forties when they look like a trampoline under so much pressure one false move and their face could take out anyone in the vicinity.

Steve
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan Collins as guest star..... 26 Oct 2013
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Julia does a very good job, her behaviour, acting, face, voice,.....charming! - it's simply wonderful. And with english subtitles for HOH or people learning english.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't they ask Evans 14 Jun 2011
By Connie
Format:DVD
A good story adapted well to include Miss Marple, she was not in the original. Julia Mckenzie is an excellent replacement for Joan Hickson and is now my second favourite Miss Marple.
This story keeps you guessing and you do not now who Evans is till the very end.
The actors do not give away there invlovment in the plot until it all comes together in the final act.Samantha Bong is brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars miss marple series 4 30 Jan 2011
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what a wonderful box set this is Julia McKenzie is just wonderful as Miss Marple the plots are really good and make good TV viewing right the way thought.cant wait for series 5 to come out.
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Class Act 27 July 2009
By F. S. L'hoir TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Of all the manifestations that Miss Marple has undergone, to me, Julia Mackenzie captures the essence of that modest, unassuming but perceptive English village spinster in tweeds, gloves, and sensible shoes, who is forever knitting "fleecy things." The series also captures the flavor of the rarified atmosphere of week-end house parties of the aristocracy; their cooks and butlers--elements that are so intrinsic to Christie's novels.

The settings and costumes are splendid (The era seems to be in the early fifties, judging by the Capri pants, the strapless dresses with ballerina skirts, and no mention of food shortages.). The ensemble cast of supporting players is excellent; the characters are well defined (It was lovely seeing the late Wendy Richard wearing a hat and apron, playing a feisty cook in one of Christie's stately homes.). The well-crafted mysteries convey a sense of the originals as I recall them.

As much as I enjoy the work of Geraldine McEwan, I never forgot that she was Geraldine McEwan playing the part of Miss Marple (I think that my biggest complaint about that version of the series was the injection of a romantic past that Christie, as far as I recall, never intimated in the books, which I devoured as a schoolgirl). I had no such reservations with Julia MacKenzie's portrayal, which gives me the feeling that I am curled up in front of an imaginary fireplace, reading the books again. It's a cozy feeling!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Marple 9 Nov 2013
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On many evenings there is nothing on the television worth watching, so out comes the Miss Marple. There stories are great and entertaining and are worth watching more than once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always a good performance 29 Sep 2013
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Julia McKenzie bring I medium to the Marple series, not as tongue in cheek as Geraldine McEwan or as straight laced and proper as Joan Hickson with an excellent portrayal of the spinster sleuth.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie series 4
Another fabulous set of dramas she certainly could write.
Published 8 days ago by pauline
5.0 out of 5 stars better on dvd without the ads
ITV have produced some excellent drama over the years only to be spoilt on tv by the adverts especially the slower paced dramas like Marple. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Stephen Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Received on time and like new. What else can i say? A must have if your a marple fan,
Published 1 month ago by Ms. T
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd
Perfect for all fans
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. H. Stride
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the First Miss Marple
For me Julia McKenzie does not bring to the part all of what Joan Hickson does. If you want the best then buy the original series
Published 3 months ago by NewModelBoat
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie might approve
Although Miss Marple was written into some of the stories, I think the author would approve. It was so well done that one does not really notice she doesn't belong there. Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. Puntigam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I bougt this for my self as I enjoy a good agatha christie, Julie McKenzie plays this part very well
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. J. A. Jervis
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Go Wrong with Them
"Agatha Christie: Marple", a British mystery television series made by ITV Global Entertainment, comes to us as a four-DVD set. Read more
Published on 22 May 2012 by Stephanie De Pue
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad
No one can ever replace Joan Hickson as Miss Marple but this is the best one so far. I really didn't like any of the others. I hope she will do more of them.
Published on 14 May 2012 by J. Baybusky
1.0 out of 5 stars Why Didn't They Ask Evans
I bought the MacKenzie packages and whilst I like her as an actress the adaptations are in my opinion poor. Read more
Published on 24 July 2011 by jon
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