More adventures featuring Agatha Christie's light-hearted 1920s sleuthing duo, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford (James Warwick and Francesca Annis). In 'Finessing the King' Tommy and Tuppence come across a personal ad and decide to crack the code only to find themselves mixed up in a murder case. Whilst in 'The Ambassador's Boots' the duo are asked by the US Ambassador to Britain to look into something that happened to his luggage whilst on a journey in the country.
First broadcast in the early 1980s, Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime
stars James Warwick and Francesca Annis as the husband-and-wife team of detectives Tommy and "Tuppence" Beresford. Together they zoom around 1920's England in a very posh car and solve all kinds of high-society crimes, from forgery at an exclusive nightclub to the mysterious disappearance of an Arctic explorer's fiancée. The show benefits from two charming lead performances and some wonderful period details--Annis seems to change her hat and her dress every 30 seconds--but it is at best only moderately entertaining.
The years have not been kind to this type of mystery, in which murder is the equivalent of an especially tricky crossword puzzle, offering the amateur sleuths an opportunity to avoid boredom and have a terribly thrilling time. Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple survive both in print and on film, because the central characters are interesting enough to make us forgive weak plotting and a lack of depth, but Tommy and Tuppence don't have the staying power of Christie's more famous creations. Their adventures are fun in small doses, and if you're in the mood for some witty repartee, but otherwise this series is little more than a quaint relic of a bygone age. --Simon Leake
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