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|Agatha Christie's Marple Series 1|
Actors: Geraldine McEwan, Griff Rhys Jones, David Warner, Niamh Cusack, Ben Daniels
Directors: Andy Wilson, Charles Palmer, John Strickland
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
She's back! Proper, demure, and sharp as a tack, Agatha Christie's beloved Miss Marple returns to the limelight in sparkling new adaptations of four classic Christie novels. Geraldine McEwan (The Magdalene Sisters, Mapp & ... more »
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Too many changes.
Katherine | Colorado, USA | 07/05/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I watched the new Miss Marple series, excited to see what Geraldine McEwan would do with the role. Unfortunately, I don't like what they've done with this latest batch of Christie's. Mrs. McEwan is a fine actress and she brings a "fluffiness" to the role that is missing from the Hickson version. Still, there is too much tampering with the plotlines to suit me. There are significant changes made in a couple of the stories, most notably in "The Body in the Library" so let the buyer beware. This isn't a minor change either as it involves the resolution of the case. They also add an odd, on-going storyline involving Miss Marple's own past love life that is simply not part of the books and isn't even close to being in keeping with the character of Miss Marple. As Agatha Christie is arguably the most acclaimed and accomplished mystery writer that ever lived, these changes were pretty outrageous. Her books stand the test of time and need no updating simply to satisfy 21st century ideas. I was surprised at this as the British are usually the ones who can be depended upon to leave good stories alone. So, if you just want a few hours of light entertainment, have at it, but if you're an Agatha Christie purist, you won't like this dvd so save your money."
Margaret M. Duffy | New York, NY USA | 08/20/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The new Miss Marple series is truly awful. Not only is Geraldine McEwen completely miscast as the elderly spinster sleuth, but the stories themselves have been distorted to make them "politically correct" in the modern sense. The result is a confusing mess. Ms. McEwen is a fine actress and I have enjoyed her in other roles, but as Miss Marple she's a disaster. Her Miss Marple, with the little smirks and little girl voice, could hardly be described as Nemesis. Nor would she ever have gained the respect of any law enforcement professional. She's really Ms. Marple light.
If you want the real Miss Marple, read the books, or see the Joan Hickson versions. After all, Miss Hickson was Agatha Christie's own choice for the role."
Miss Marple? Not Really
A Christie and Hickson Fan | Old Bridge, NJ USA | 05/10/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If the adaptations of "Murder at the Vicarage" and "A Murder is Announced" are any sign of what is to come, fans of Christie should look elsewhere for enjoyment. One of the major elements that help any adaptation to succeed is the effort to remain true at least to the spirit of the novels. These adaptations fail miserably in this respect.
1. Miss Marple's interest in mysteries flows less from her familiarity with human evil as exprienced in St Mary Mead than from her interest in reading Raymond Chandler and being an overall rather chipper busybody.
2. Characters are "dolled up" to look like what some contemporary designer imagines contemporary "fashionable" people would have worn in "fashionable" circles in the early 1950s. (Thus, an overtly lesbian character looks more like k d lang than what any imaginable inhabitant (lesbian or otherwise) of Chipping Cleghorn would have worn in the world created by Christie.
3. There's an unfortunate effort to "update" Christie's material, at least in terms of social sensibility--making McEwan's Marple a woman whose married lover died during the Great War and, therefore, a non-judgmental precursor to faddish contemporary worldviews.
All in all, this set of adaptations reminds one of a chessboard populated by vaguely familiar chesspieces, but all playing a game whose rules have changed so dramatically that it no longer approximates the interesting game created by Christie herself.
Avoid this nonsense and purchase the infinitely superior Joan Hickson adaptations."
Agatha Christie Would Not Recognize This Miss Marple
James H. Brusstar | 04/29/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If you have ever seen Joan Hickson's Miss Marple, read one of the books, or even heard about the Agatha Christie character, you will be greatly disappointed with this new series. If I could give it zero stars, I would.
They have not only created a completely new Miss Marple character by giving her a cheery personality, twinkling eyes, and a tendency to brag about herself, they have provided her a past love affair with a married man - blasphemy of blasphemies! New characters inserted into the story add nothing, such as former French partisans in The Murder at the Vicarage. And, the dialogue is bad - even a fine actor like Derek Jacoby ends up giving a bad performance.
The actors in this series do not seem particularly British, so the series may be created mainly for American viewers - a marketing strategy that has historically led to films that bearly resemble the books from which they were derived. This is the case here too.
Agatha Christie is said to have been a vengeful person. If so, the people associated with this production had better avoid her in the afterlife."