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Agatha Christie's Partners In Crime: Finessing The King [VHS] [1983]


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  • Actors: Francesca Annis, James Warwick, Reece Dinsdale, Arthur Cox
  • Directors: John A. Davis
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • VHS Release Date: 4 Mar 2002
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V58W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,844 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Masson VINE VOICE on 21 Mar 2006
Format: DVD
What a glorious romp this series is! We've watched it a few times already and it never palls. Based on Agatha Christie's series of short stories of the same name, in which the irrepressible Tommy and Tuppence Beresford set up a detective agency and investigate all kinds of crimes and misdemeanours, this is totally in the Christean spirit--intriguing, ingenious, witty, clever and sparkling as champagne. All the actors are brilliant, especially the fabulous Francesca Annis as Tuppence and handsome James Warwick as Tommy(a bit handsomer than in the book, methinks, but that's no hardship!) The production values as always in British period drama and crime are absolutely brilliant, with the 20's wonderfully recreated in faithful detail. Watch out for all of Tuppence's terrific hats!
Highly, highly recommended.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on 17 Jan 2004
Format: DVD
"The Secret Adversary" and the short story collection "Partners in Crime" (both from 1922) were Agatha Christie's second and third-ever book, but their quirky protagonists, Tommy and "Tuppence" (Prudence) Beresford, were not to share the eventful career of their colleague Hercule Poirot, who had debuted two years earlier with "The Mysterious Affair at Styles;" nor that of Christie's almost equally well-loved (and personal favorite) village sleuth Miss Marple, whose first adventure ("Murder at the Vicarage") would not be published until 1930. Christie only authored three more Beresford mysteries: 1941's "N or M?" (a WWII spy thriller set in a coastal guesthouse), 1968's "By the Pricking of My Thumbs" (where a visit to a nursing home prompts them to track down the real-life object of a painting, only to find themselves hunting for a child murderer) and "Postern of Fate" (1973), the last book written by Christie (although not the last one published); more a postscript to the superior earlier stories.
Not as eccentric as Poirot and Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence are nevertheless immediately likeable, and perfectly cast in this 1980 - 1982 TV series with Francesca Annis and James Warwick, reprising their successful collaboration from the 1980 realization of Christie's "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" Taking its title from the second entry in the Beresford cycle, originally only the short stories contained in "Partners in Crime" were developed for television; "The Secret Adversary," although set earlier in the literary originals' sequence and providing critical background information on the couple's friendship, was only adapted as a feature film two years later. (Fortunately, the original order is restored in this video and DVD release.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jack Gray on 27 July 2004
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Adapted from the Tommy And Tuppence stories of the 20's, and 30's, Partners In Crime, first screened in 1983 by London Weekend Television with production filming taking place between June 1982, and March 1983 saw Francesca Annis, and James Warwick play Christie's detectives to wonderful effect. The series starts off with a flyer with, "The Secret Adversary", the last one to be filmed has a lot going for it, particulary Gavan O'Herilly, and one of the final appearances of Welsh actor Donald Houston, who sadly died in 1985. O'Herilly's, Julius Herscheimer is an episode highlight as he uses every action sequence to his advantage, and there are excellent performances from Honor Blackman, Peter Barkworth, George Baker, and Alec McCowen, as well as first-class directing by Tony Wharmby. Other great episodes are : "Affair of The Pink Pearl", "Unbreakable Alibi", "Clergymans's daughter", "The Crackler", and, "House Of Lurking Death".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda Phillips on 22 Oct 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Francesca Annis and James Warwick return in another 2 baffling mysterys as the irrepressible Tommy and Tuppence Beresford,based on Agatha Christie's short stories.
In THE MAN IN THE MIST,the famous couple investigate the murder of a beautiful actress.There are suspects galore and and the unusual problem of a ghost that haunts the local cemetery.But this doesn't stop these two who manage to track down the murderer and see that justice is served!
THE UNBREAKABLE ALIBI,is an unusual case of the heart,When a rich young man requests the help of Tommy and Tuppence in helping him win a bet.If he wins he gets to marry the girl of his dreams,to lose means he loses her forever.The case seems straight forward enough,but leads to a confusing problem,that when solved leads to a darker secret.The costumes are stunning in this episode,as they are throughout the whole series.
Do yourself a favour and sit back and enjoy some armchair sleuthing with this fun couple!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on 3 Nov 2004
Format: VHS Tape
"The Secret Adversary" and the short story collection "Partners in Crime" (both from 1922) were Agatha Christie's second and third-ever book, but their quirky protagonists, Tommy and "Tuppence" (Prudence) Beresford, were not to share the eventful career of their colleague Hercule Poirot, who had debuted two years earlier with "The Mysterious Affair at Styles;" nor that of Christie's almost equally well-loved (and personal favorite) village sleuth Miss Marple, whose first adventure ("Murder at the Vicarage") would not be published until 1930. Christie only authored three more Beresford mysteries: 1941's "N or M?" (a WWII spy thriller set in a coastal guesthouse), 1968's "By the Pricking of My Thumbs" (where a visit to a nursing home prompts them to track down the real-life object of a painting, only to find themselves hunting for a child murderer) and "Postern of Fate" (1973), the last book written by Christie (although not the last one published); more a postscript to the superior earlier stories.
Not as eccentric as Poirot and Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence are nevertheless immediately likeable, and perfectly cast with Francesca Annis and James Warwick, who reprised their successful collaboration from the 1980 realization of Christie's "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" Taking the series's title from the second entry in the Beresford cycle, originally only the short stories contained in "Partners in Crime" were developed for television (between 1980 and 1982); "The Secret Adversary," although set earlier in the literary originals' sequence and providing critical background information on the couple's friendship, was only adapted as a feature film two years later.
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