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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling as champagne!
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,...
Published on 21 Mar 2006 by Sophie Masson

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the best.
Fans of Joan Hickson and St Mary Mead will be disappointed here. Not only that but the lack of any memorable background music is sad, while the action is frequently stilted (probably because of the need to introduce commercial breaks originally). To be fair most of the faults lie with the original book. I was quite unable to believe the underlying thesis that the...
Published on 3 Feb 2004 by Timothy Black


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling as champagne!, 21 Mar 2006
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Sophie Masson (Armidale, New South Wales Australia) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable romp through the swinging 1920s' London., 17 Jan 2004
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Themis-Athena (from somewhere between California and Germany) - See all my reviews
"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.)
Although "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" had already proved Christie to be a writer of exceptional talent, her first Tommy and Tuppence adventures - penned for financial reasons as much as out of a desire to write - still show her style as a work in progress, sometimes lacking certainty as to what exactly works in terms of characterization and storylines. While she succeeds, like in the first Poirot mystery, to immediately draw in her audience, and the Beresfords are presented in as much detail as the little Belgian with the many gray cells, the plotlines - particularly that of "The Secret Adversary" - sometimes stretch credibility and have a whiff of the kind of story that Arthur Conan Doyle could get away with 20 years earlier, but which Christie herself (wisely) only took up infrequently later (and generally with more solidly constructed plotlines and often with Poirot as the main character). Thus, if the televised versions of these early Tommy and Tuppence stories appear somewhat less convincing than the subsequent, more acclaimed adaptations of Christie's Poirot and Miss Marple mysteries, this is at least partly owing to the literary originals themselves: The creators of the TV series reproduced the mysteries' "swinging Twenties" setting successfully and with a fine eye for detail; and Francesca Annis and James Warwick give terriffic performances as the vivacious, hat-loving Tuppence and her (almost) equally witty, slightly more settled husband.
Tommy and Tuppence's boisterous young assistant Alfred is portrayed by Reece Dinsdale (best known, since, as Guildenstern in Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet" and D.I. Scott in the mid-1990s British cop show "Thief Takers"); and there are recurrent appearances by British TV regular Arthur Cox as Detective Inspector Marriott, in the televised version chiefly responsible for establishing the couple as owners of Blunt's International Detective Agency (in the books, the agency is a cover for the Beresfords' spy activities), who informally continues to consult them whenever he feels that Scotland Yard's official capacities have reached their limits.
"The Secret Adversary" sees Tommy and Tuppence after the end of WWI, both out of work (Tommy has been an intelligence officer, Tuppence a nurse) and looking for adventure. That opportunity presents itself when, as a result of two newspaper ads, they are sent on the hunt for a lost treaty which, if published now, would cause a general strike and throw the country into turmoil, thus playing into the hands of a mysterious criminal known only as "Mr. Brown," and set on nothing less than the attainment of absolute power. The key to the treaty is believed to lie with a young American woman named Jane Finn, who has likewise disappeared and whose cousin Julius P. Hersheimer (or is he really?), Tommy and Tuppence learn, is "the third richest man in America." - Further notable appearances here include those of Alec McCowen (influential barrister Sir James Peele Edgerton), Gavan O'Herlihy (Hersheimer), Peter Barkworth (intelligence chief Carter) and Honor Blackman, as well as George Baker of "Inspector Wexford" fame, as members of "Mr. Brown"'s gang.
The shorter "Partners in Crime" mysteries have Tommy and Tuppence hunting for a vanished perl and uncovering, in turn, the mastermind behind a string of poisonings (drawing on Christie's trademark knowledge acquired when she was a nurse in WWI herself), the culprit of a murder during a masked ball, and the evil spirits responsible for a series of seemingly unearthly occurrences in an old house (again drawing on Christie's own experience, as the sleuthing couple's client is compelled - like Christie's mother periodically - to rent out rooms in her large house as a means of survival). The common trait of these mysteries is Tommy and Tuppence's repeated assumption of the roles of famous literary detectives; most obviously by attending the aforementioned masked ball disguised as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
While not quite on the level of Christie's more famous mysteries and their recent TV adaptations, this series is an enjoyable romp through the the swinging 1920s' London. And who knows - maybe 20+ years after its initial airing we'll see a realization of one of Tommy and Tuppence's later adventures? Annis and Warwick might be about the right age for "N or M" now ... or even better, "By the Pricking of My Thumbs," which unlike the earlier mysteries easily stands up with the best of Christie's other works!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rarely seen Agatha Christie classic Series, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars More Christie fun!, 22 Oct 2002
This review is from: Agatha Christie's Partners In Crime: The Man In The Mist/An Unbre [VHS] [1983] (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
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable romp through the swinging 1920s' London., 3 Nov 2004
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Themis-Athena (from somewhere between California and Germany) - See all my reviews
"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.
Although "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" had already proved Christie to be a writer of exceptional talent, her first Tommy and Tuppence adventures - penned for financial reasons as much as out of a desire to write - still show her style as a work in progress, sometimes lacking certainty as to what exactly works in terms of characterization and storylines. While she succeeds, like in the first Poirot mystery, to immediately draw in her audience, and the Beresfords are presented in as much detail as the little Belgian with the many gray cells, the plotlines - particularly that of "The Secret Adversary" - sometimes stretch credibility and have a whiff of the kind of story that Arthur Conan Doyle could get away with 20 years earlier, but which Christie herself (wisely) only took up infrequently later (and generally with more solidly constructed plotlines and often with Poirot as the main character). Thus, if this early Tommy and Tuppence story appears somewhat less convincing than the subsequent, more acclaimed adaptations of Christie's Poirot and Miss Marple mysteries, this is at least partly owing to the literary original itself: The creators of the TV series reproduced the mystery's "swinging Twenties" setting successfully and with a fine eye for detail; and Francesca Annis and James Warwick give terriffic performances as the vivacious, hat-loving Tuppence and her (almost) equally witty, slightly more settled husband-to-be.
"The Secret Adversary" sees Tommy and Tuppence after the end of WWI, both out of work (Tommy has been an intelligence officer, Tuppence a nurse) and looking for adventure. That opportunity presents itself when, as a result of two newspaper ads, they are sent on the hunt for a lost treaty which, if published now, would cause a general strike and throw the country into turmoil, thus playing into the hands of a mysterious criminal known only as "Mr. Brown," and set on nothing less than the attainment of absolute power. The key to the treaty is believed to lie with a young American woman named Jane Finn, who has likewise disappeared and whose cousin Julius P. Hersheimer (or is he really?), Tommy and Tuppence learn, is "the third richest man in America." - Further notable appearances here include those of Alec McCowen (influential barrister Sir James Peele Edgerton), Gavan O'Herlihy (Hersheimer), Peter Barkworth (intelligence chief Carter) and Honor Blackman, as well as George Baker of "Inspector Wexford" fame, as members of "Mr. Brown"'s gang.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy Christie Crime Capers, 22 Oct 2002
This fabulous series is beautifully filmed and adapted from the
Agatha Christie Short Stories about Tommy and Tuppence Beresford.After finding comfortable married life a little dull,the unstoppable Beresfords have the opportunity to run a detective agency.This gives them the chance to solve some interesting cases and life is dull no longer!
The beautiful Francesca Annis and fabulous James Warwick make this series truly must see viewing.You could watch this wonderful series for the costumes and sets alone!
In FINESSING THE KING,Tommy and Tuppence come across an interesting notice in the personal column of the newspaper,which leads them to a Costume Party and a very bizarre murder case! Great fun,especially in their choice of costumes! Tuppence always seems to get the better of the gentle Tommy.
THE AMBASSADOR'S BOOTS,proves to be another challenging case,when the US Ambassador to Britain implores the clever couple to help him in a baffling incident that happened in England.Luggage problems and a mysterious woman make for an interesting surprise ending to this enjoyable episode.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun for Christie fans., 22 Oct 2002
If you haven't watched any of the Partners in Crime Series,don't wait any longer! Tommy and Tuppence Beresford (played by the lovely Francesca Annis and talented James Warwick) are a joy to meet.Running their own detective agency certainly has its own challenges as this enthusiastic young couple find out.They are called upon every resource they have to solve some baffling crimes.Set in the 1920's,this series is visually stunning to look at,one could enjoy this series for the setting and costumes alone.Probably the most underated of Christie's detectives,they display a real freshness and enthusiasm not displayed in her older sleuths.
In THE AFFAIR OF THE PINK PEARL,a theft of a beautiful and valuable pink pearl have the young couple baffled.Its only when Tommy thinks it through that he finds the solution to the mystery in one of the unlikliest of places!
THE HOUSE OF LURKING DEATH is a more sombre episode with a poisoned box of chocolates taking the couple to investigate at the eerie Thurnley Grange,where things are definately not what they seem!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Francesca Annis and James Warwick delight as Agatha sleuths., 13 Feb 2001
Although made by LWT in 1983, it is only now that this has become available on video through Granada Media following its transmission on satellite channel Granada Plus and the successful earlier release of the TV adaptation of Agatha Christie's 'Why Didn't They Ask Evans?'. Starring Francesca Annis ('Reckless') and James Warwick (er... 'Evans') as Tommy and Tuppence, two young Britons who turn to solving crimes to solve boredom, the action centres around the search for missing papers lost during the sinking of the 'Lusitania' in 1915 that could plunge Britain into anarchy if taken by the wrong hands. Fear not, for our formidable duo are on the hunt to find the said papers and their missing courier Jane Finn ahead of the sinister and mysterious Mr Brown... A must for any fans of Christie adaptations, this comes highly recommended with my only complaint being why has it taken SO LONG!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly faithful to the novel, 9 Mar 2001
There has been a trend of late with Christie adaptions to move dramatically from the novel's plot and even setting and characters (The Pale Horse anyone?) But the producers of this film are to be commended for the way in which they've stuck religously to Christie's novel not only in the ways mentioned above, but also in its light hearted tone which is at times almost laugh-out-loud funny (and intentionally so). So now hear are two instructions for you: 1) read the other review on this page (below mine) which tells you everything I've missed out. 2) For God's sake buy Why Didn't They Ask Evans? as well; it's even better than this film!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing series!!!, 8 May 2011
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Although Amazon's review says that "at best it is only moderately entertaining", I found this series very entertaining, and very
close to the original stories. It was funny, exiting and simply clever all at the same time! This set consists of 10 stories:
The Affair of the Pink Pearl, The House of Lurking Death, Finessing the King, The Ambassador's Boots, The Man in the Mist,
"The Unbreakable Alibi", "The Case of the Missing Lady", "The Crackler", "The Sunningdale Mystery" and "The Clergyman's Daughter."and 1 feature-length: The Secret Adversary.
In these 3 DVDs you will find a thrilling mix of robberies, murders and even forgery with gorgeous outfits and beautiful locations.
Whilst running "Blunts Brilliant Detectives" , Tommy and Tuppence Beresford use the methods of many famous detectives solving their cases.
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