Marple (2004–2013)

TV Series   |  TV-14   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery

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An elderly spinster living in the village of St. Mary Mead, helps her friends and relatives solve mysterious murders.

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  • John Sessions in Marple: The Moving Finger (2006)
  • Geraldine McEwan and Claire Skinner in Marple: A Murder Is Announced (2005)
  • Julia McKenzie in Marple (2004)
  • Charlie Higson and Julia McKenzie in Marple (2004)
  • Joanna Lumley and Julia McKenzie in Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (2010)
  • Julia McKenzie and Benedict Cumberbatch in Marple: Murder Is Easy (2008)

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9 February 2019 | filipemanuelneto
| An impeccable series, that only loses by the little strength and charisma of the main character.
This British television series adapted all the tales and novels where Agatha Christie included, as the main character, Miss Marple, an elderly lady, who never married, and who lives alone in a village house. She's particularly gifted as the subject is to solve complicated puzzles, which allows her to almost always solve crimes and find murderers when the police don't know what to do. I didn't do an exhaustive research to know, but I think there may be a connection between this series and "Agatha Christie's Poirot", which did the same work with novels of the same writer, but with another main character. It would not be something extraordinary.

In fact, it's very difficult not to compare both series. Marple is played by two notable actresses. During most of the series, the character was incarnated by Geraldine McEwan, replaced at the time of her death by Julia McKenzie, for the last two seasons. I confess that I liked much more the performance of the first actress, very elegant in what would become one of her last works. However, Marple is a character who lacks Poirot's charm and charisma. Poirot has much more impact, strength and presence than this little lady, who is of such quality and intelligence as he is, but never delights us or give us the humorous touch present in the manias of the Belgian detective. This kills the series at birth, partially.

The performance of the cast is reasonably good. I would not say that it's extraordinary, but it complies with what it should and doesn't disappoint the public. Unsurprisingly, the costumes, scenery and film locations aren't to be missed either. Technically flawless, the series only loses by comparison with Poirot, and by the lack of charisma and strength of the main character.

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