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Miss Marple #3

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by mreposter, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. mreposter

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    PBS has been running the new series of Miss Marple on Masterpiece Mysteries featuring Julia McKenzie. She's the third actress in recent years to play the role. Geraldine McEwan played the role for the first three series of Agatha Christie's Marple. Back in the 90's Joan Hicksen played the role.

    My favorite is Hicksen, I liked her rather unpleasant version of Miss Marple and the writing on the shows was nicely complex with lots of layers to the characters.

    Geraldine McEwan played it with a bit more humor, giving us a precocious version of Miss Marple. The comedy angle was fun and campy, but the writers butchered the hell out of some of the stories.

    Julia McKenzie's Marple seems completely flat to me. She plays it way too bland and straight.

    But that's just my take. What do you guys think?
     
  2. DogLover

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    I haven't seen the others, but have enjoying the current programs. However, I can see what you mean. She seem's just a little too Jessica Fletcher-ish.
     
  3. phrelin

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    To me the writing was much better when Hicksen played the role which gives the actors and director more to work with. I don't know why but Geraldine McEwan sort of set the character for me. Julia McKenzie's Marple is ok, but the writing and production values generally are the worst of the series as far as I'm concerned. Maybe it's just me, but I didn't enjoy this most recent round as much as previously.
     
  4. Church AV Guy

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    My wife and I were pleased with McEwan in the role. We also agree with the general consensus here, that the current batch are somehow, not as engaging. We miss the opening theme music as well.

    In the early to mid 60s, Margaret Rutherford played Miss Marple in three or four movies. The accuracy to the books was awful, but if you merely took them for what they were, they were quite fun. Defiinitely NOT what Christie had in mind, but entertaining.
     
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    Helen Hayes also took a spin as Miss Marple in two TV movies in the mid-80s. From that era, I liked Peter Ustinov as Poirot better. Evil Under the Sun is a particular favorite.
     
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    For some reason, I hve a real soft spot for Death on the Nile. That movie just worked for me somehow. I also like Murder on the Orient Express, but Albert Finney is unrecognizable as Poirot.

    McEwan as Marple was easy to watch and fairly engaging. I almost never lost interest, and then lost track of the plot when she was in the role. I can't say that about Julia McKenzie. She seems to have almost no real personality of her own.

    I haven't read the books, so I have a question. Where does Marple get her money? Does she have a matress stuffed with bills?
     
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    That was a mystery to me, even when I read some of the books.

    Of course, she lives in Great Britain where some old age benefits are available, but according to Wikipedia "Miss Marple has never worked for her living and is of independent means, though in her old age benefits from the financial support of Raymond West, her nephew (A Caribbean Mystery,1964)."
     

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