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Marple: The Sittaford Mystery [DVD]

Geraldine McEwan , Timothy Dalton , Paul Unwin    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Geraldine McEwan, Timothy Dalton, Robert Hickson, Robert Hardy, Laurence Fox
  • Directors: Paul Unwin
  • Producers: Matthew Read
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 17 July 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FGFTHS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,357 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Agatha Christie's classic sleuth Miss Marple (Geraldine McEwan), takes on another case of murder most foul. In a remote house in the middle of Dartmoor, six shadowy figures huddle around a small table for a seance. Tension rises as the spirits spell out a chilling message: 'Captain Trevelyan...dead...murder'. Is this black magic or simply a macabre joke? The only way to be certain is to locate Captain Trevelyan. Unfortunately, his home is six miles away and, with snow drifts blocking the roads, someone will have to make the journey on foot.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Murder Mystery 4 Jun 2008
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I very much enjoyed this ITV production based on Agatha Christie's murder mystery of the same name. One reviewer gave it a rather unjust 2 stars, but differences with the book aside, the production succeeds in being both incredibly entertaining and atmospheric.

Basic synopsis: Snowed in by an unexpected Dartmoor blizzard, Miss Marple is offered shelter by the highly successful tory politician with a less than perfect past, Clive Trevelyan. After dining at the Three Crowns Hotel, the residents indulge in the spiritual predictions of a Ouija board, which predicts Trevelyan's death. True to prediction, Trevelyan is murdered that night, and the evidence unravels a mysterious Egyption curse. In the absense of the police due to the terrible weather, the residents of Sittaford House and the Three Crowns hotel take it upon themselves to unearth the identity of the killer. But with a hotel filled with colourful characters, there are many likely candidates: Trevelyan's embittered adopted son; an escaped convict hiding on the moor, or a journalist who seems intent on getting close to Trevelyan- In fact, it seems that Trevelyan made a lot of enemies during his life- but which one killed him?

The chemistry between the characters is convincing and the acting is excellent, as you would expect from stars such as Geraldine McEwan and Timothy Dalton. Relative newcomers are equally credible, too: Zoe Telford is wildy entertaining as the coquettish and very modern heroine, Emily Trefusis; James Murray captivates as the charming and ambitious Charles Burnaby, and Lawrence Fox steals most of the laughs in his hilarious performance as Trevelyan's perpetually sozzled, good-for-nothing adopted son, James Pearson- a far cry from Fox's most famous role as DI Hathaway in the Lewis series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun In The Snow 5 Mar 2013
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This is one of my favourite Agatha Chritie episodes, quite different from the novel, but still a great story, with some great one liners - go on enjoy !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sittaford success ! 16 Aug 2008
A great cast and a superb script that effectively reinvents one of Agatha Christies more mundane and predictable efforts. Had they just stuck to the novel it would not have had the pace & drama needed for a a successful adaptation designed to appeal to modern viewers . The clever bits of the original plot are retained in this reimagining while cerain liberties are taken on a par with say adding Miss Lemon to Evil Under The Sun or Miss Marple to By The Pricking Of My Thumbs . This works just as well those two superb TV movies .The cast are just superb - Mel Smith & Timothy Dalton gel really well and Laurence Fox turns up in a radically different character to what you see in Lewis . That suggests he has the potential to be a great character actor ! Zoe Telford does her part justice - the essence of a modern girl seeking adventure . Patricia Hodge does excellently in a classic whodunnit as most of the characters in play have an agenda that could form a motive for murder . This keeps the viewer guessing & therefore interested throughout this episodes running time .Matthew Kelly is a joy to watch as ever and Geraldine McEwan is so great a Miss Marple that if you had not read The Sittaford Mystery you would think that Miss Marple must have been in the book so skillful is the way in which this script has been written . Her addition does not feel forced & false - just natural and very welcome . After all Agatha Christie by virtue of her second marriage had much to do with The Middle East and Miss Marple was her favourite sleuth so by bringing Aunt Jane & Egypt into this adaptation ( when they never featured in the book ) is not quite so unfaithful as it may first appear . Robert Hardy as Churchill is a really welcome sight at the start for fans of both a superb actor and this nations greatest ever PM ! Read more ›
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Such arrogance of the production crew! The Marple ITV team seem determined to chop and hack at Agatha Christie's works. Different killer from the novel, and Miss Marple was not even in it! Utterly laughable! More obsessed with 'famous actors' than the plot.

The ITV Miss Marple series should be placed in the same category as the awful Margaret Rutherford films. Entertaining in a quaint amusing way, but not to be taken seriously.

Oh dear how sad, never mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sittaford Mystery 22 Jun 2012
By Tippi
I originally recorded a video tape of this when it first came out.
I must have watched that tape about ten million times, so it's no
wonder it started to get a bit tempramental! So I bought this DVD.
I was very dissapointed to find they had changed a lot of the music
which was now a bit overly-dramatic. They had also added in several more
little sentances (which they had obiously cutted out to fit it in the
broadcasting time limit!). So it was a bit weird seeing it differently.
I personally prefer it as it was, altough some of the extra stuff makes
the story a bit clearer. I would recomend this though! I think it was just
as good as the book, although it is quite loosley based on it!
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