I too read the Agatha Christie books as a teenager, especially the "Miss Marple" books, and I can honestly say that Miss Geraldine McEwens version of Marple is the epitome of everything I envisaged Marples character to be. She is Fabulously Intriguing, Mystifying, and Spot-On.! I love her facial expressions when she is deliberating her calculations,queries and suspicions, it really does make one excited and intrigued...🤔 How any reviewer could ever state Geraldines version is not a Spot-On performance is in a daydream, and watching another channel or programme, or either they must be upside down...😶
I was so disappointed when Geraldine left the series and was replaced by Julia McKenzie, it was a disappointment! Her version was so far less effective and an inferior outlook with regards to Miss McEwans, and her attire was confusing; a far cry to what Marple had been potrayed as previously (by Mckewan)
I know each actress likes to incorporate their own take on a character, but Julia McKenzies version of Marple is of a much more cold and disconnected Marple; not at all like the homely, warm and a comforting Marple character played by Geraldine McEwan. A less connective performance I would say. One would believe she had forgotten her lines mostly, due to each of her performances taking too long to materialise. Those unflattering suits were so unappealing and drab, and those awful hats...unlike McEwans lovely cardigans, cosy flowery hats and knitting bag; well, what more can you say...😊 I just didn't think McKenzies Marple worked. I really didn't enjoy the Marple series after Mckewan left, other than the episode "Endless Night" which was one of the better episodes of the last three series.
My favourite episodes are " 'Bertrams Hotel' 'The Sittaford Mystery' 'Sleeping Murder' and 'By the Pricking of my thumbs'. loving the re-runs of 'Miss Marple' on Itv3, I never tire of watching them...😊
I Recommend anyone and everyone who loves mystery and suspense, to watch at least the first three series of 'Marple' then follow-it-on until the end of the six series.. then, judge for yourself... you'll really enjoy them all and be in for a remarkable treat.!