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5.0 out of 5 stars Marple takes a walk on the dark side
Marple Series 6 is a triple treat of murder, mayhem and mystery.

The first episode is 'A Caribbean Mystery' the only full length Marple novel left to dramatise. When Major Palgrave dies suddenly after appearing to recognise a murderer in an old faded photograph, Miss Marple has to join forces with the wheel-chair bound Mr Rafiel to foil the murderer. At the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Julia McKenzie takes a last stand as (Miss) Marple....
Masterpiece Mystery (PBS) has just announced that it will air the three episodes of Agatha Christie's Marple - Season 6 on Sundays beginning in September 2014. (The season was available for UK television viewers in January 2014). Season 6 may be the final season of Marple on Mystery. After the season aired in the UK, BBC announced they had acquired the rights for the...
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marple takes a walk on the dark side, 3 Jan 2014
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Jamie B (Birmingham, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Agatha Christie's Marple - Series 6 [DVD] (DVD)
Marple Series 6 is a triple treat of murder, mayhem and mystery.

The first episode is 'A Caribbean Mystery' the only full length Marple novel left to dramatise. When Major Palgrave dies suddenly after appearing to recognise a murderer in an old faded photograph, Miss Marple has to join forces with the wheel-chair bound Mr Rafiel to foil the murderer. At the start, the mood of the piece is colourful and exotic, with elements of voodoo, but the holiday-makers soon discover they're on the vacation from hell, as the body count mounts rapidly, and tropical storms add to the frenzied, lurid atmosphere.

(Christie anoraks - like myself - will no doubt spot the omission here, caused by filming the Marple novels out of sequence. This should be the story where Rafiel memorably christens Jane Marple 'Nemesis', the name revisited in a much later novel, in which Rafiel commissions Miss Marple from beyond the grave - and already filmed in Agatha Christie's Marple Series 3 [DVD] [2007] (Towards Zero / Nemesis / Ordeal by Innocence / At Bertram's Hotel). I suspect there was a nod to this with a burst of Latin from Rafiel right at the end.)

The cast of familiar faces includes Warren Brown, Myanna Buring, Oliver Ford Davis, Monserrat Lombard, Hermione Norris, Alistair McKenzie and Robert Webb. The screenplay is by Charlie Higson. He has given the tale some quirky touches all of his own, but nothing that detracts from the essential plot. However I did feel that the part of the murderer was miscast/poorly acted.

The second episode is 'Greenshaw's Folly'. It is loosely based on a short story from the collection [Miss Marple's Final Cases] [by: Agatha Christie] with a smattering of 'The Thumb Mark of St Peter' from The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple). The story begins with Mrs Oxley (Kimberley Nixon) and her young son Archie taking refuge in the rambling old home of Katherine Greenshaw (Fiona Shaw). The cast also includes Joanna David, Martin Compston, Robert Glenister, Jim Moir (Vic Reeves) and Julia Sawalha. The mood is dark and gothic; the story has a strong emotional pull, and I enjoyed it enormously. It is a difficult tale to pull off (television being largely a visual medium) but I think they just about get away with it. My only quibble would be at how neatly the various strands of the plot resolve themselves. There is almost too much plot!

But best of all is the final: Endless Night. Endless Night is a Marple-free novel, but her inclusion here is less of a cheek than it first appears, since the basic story is also recounted in 'The Case of the Caretaker' from [Miss Marple's Final Cases] [by: Agatha Christie]. As a result this is not a traditional Marple story (which might disappoint some viewers). The focus is less on detective work (interviewing the various suspects etc.) and more on the core characters, and the dynamic of the storyline. The screenwriter Kevin Elyot wisely keeps the novel's first-person narrative as Michael Rogers begins in voice-over to recount the tale of his doomed marriage to heiress Ellie Goodman. The mood is sombre and fatalistic. The colour palette is overwhelmingly grey and brown, with just the occasional splash of colour from Ellie herself. I particularly enjoyed seeing The Paradise's Joanna Vanderham and Borgen's Birgitte Hjort Sorenson in two such different roles as Ellie and Greta. The cast also includes Tom Hughes (as Michael), Wendy Craig, Tamzin Outhwaite, Glynis Barber, and this episode's mandatory comedian is Hugh Dennis.

Overall this is a strong and satisfying collection. If I had to complain ... and why not? ... it would only be to observe that (as advertised above) there are a mere three stories in this set, and not the usual four. Of course without falling back on the short stories, they have run out of Marple novels, and there are only a handful of non-Poirot stories left for her to appear in, mostly those belonging to Tuppence and Tommy Beresford and the occasional thriller such as 'Passenger to Frankfurt, 'They Came To Baghdad' and 'Destination Unknown'. My best bet would be 'Crooked House'. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Jane Marple should turn out to be an old friend of the Leonides family ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meddling Marple good as ever, 15 Aug 2014
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Continues the excellent modern Marple adaptations- Julia McKenzie keeps up the high standard of portrayals and the whole Agatha Christie experience remains as enjoyable as ever
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have all Agatha Christies Marple and Piroit. I ..., 13 Nov 2014
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I have all Agatha Christies Marple and Piroit . I am looking forward to Marple series 7. I got all the boxed sets up till now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 2 Oct 2014
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Always superb - be it Joan Hickson, Julia McKenzie or Geraldine McEwan - if any more "come out" I'll buy them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Oct 2014
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julia mckenzie is brilliant as marple devastated that the series has come to an end
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and varied collection, 9 Jan 2014
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Greenshaw's Folly is the best story of this series. A classic Agatha Christie tale with a shocking twist at the end. Julia McKenzie on top form as Miss Marple with a brilliant supporting cast. I absolutely loved this interpretation.

Joan Hickson made the definitive "A Carribean Mystery" but this version was really rather good and I enjoyed the lovely setting and detailed attention given to the sets and the costumes. It is "out of sequence" but does complete the Miss Marple collection and I'm pleased it was included. I loved the "James Bond" joke, very well done indeed, I certainly didn't see it coming! The whole cast were excellent and obviously enjoyed playing their roles. Well done ITV.

Endless Night is the weakest of the three stories. Wendy Craig played the Major's widow superbly well and Julia McKenzie did the best she could with her script but the whole story just wasn't up to the high standard I have come to expect from ITV. Ellie and Mike could have been much much better. Ellie's American accent kept slipping, Mike was too nasty from the off; he's supposed to be a real charmer, sweeping Ellie off her feet for goodness sake! The rest of the supporting cast were lacklustre; the gypsy wasn't scary enough, Mike's friend was just managing to play his part and the doctor was a poor shadow somewhere lurking around. As for Greta and that house words fail me! The book is so much better and very dark and menacing indeed, it really does portray the evil soul of the killer and is a true macabre thriller. ITV did not do justice to Agatha Christie's legacy with this interpretation.

There are no extra's on the DVD, which is disappointing. A "behind the scenes" for the Carribean would have been lovely!

It looks as if this will be the last Marple DVD unless ITV put her into other stories. There are certainly books which have not been filmed where Marple could play a part. ITV did a nice job with "Why didn't they ask Evans?" with Julia McKenzie so the potential is there. However, as this DVD only includes 3 stories I'm guessing that either ITV have called time on Marple or Julia McKenzie has completed her contract and doesn't wish to take the role further. I will though live in hope that Marple may continue or be once again totally revamped! I can watch the Marple stories many times, they are Christie classics.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as usual. Agatha Christie at her best., 22 Feb 2014
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I am a huge Agatha Christie fan and this depiction of Miss Marple is very good. Its well worth watching if you enjoy a good who dunnit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 9 Nov 2014
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Finish off my collection of all things Agatha christie .....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss marple 4, 23 Aug 2014
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Another great series have them all now great condition
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 Sep 2014
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Julia McKenzie was her usual excellent Miss Marple.
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