It’s a case of Hollywood invading the tranquility of the English countryside in The Mirror Crack’d From Side To Side when glamourous film star Marina Gregg moves into Gossington Hall with film director husband Jason Rudd, her PA Hailey Preston and Jason’s secretary Ella Blunt. When the couple decide to throw a major party little do they realise that murder is going to be one of it’s chief highlights.
Luckily Miss Marple is on hand when one of Marina’s biggest fans Heather Badcock drinks poisoned wine at the party, it soon becomes clear that Heather was not the intended target of the murderer and that Marina’s own life may be in grave danger.
A classic Marple novel gets a top notch treatment here, once again fabulous casting not least the brilliant Lindsay Duncan as film star Marina Gregg and it’s always good to see Martin Jarvis.
UK / ITV1 Network – Chorion – WGBH Boston / 1×120 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 2 January 2011 @ 9.00pm
Writer: Kevin Elyot / Script Editor: Meriel Baistow-Clare / Music: Dominik Scherrer / Costumes: Sheena Napier / Production Design: Jeff Tessler / Executive Producers: Rebecca Eaton, Mathew Prichard, Mary Durkan, Michele Buck, Damien Timmer / Producer: Karen Thrussell / Director: Tom Shankland
Series: Agatha Christie’s Marple Season 5 Episode 3
JULIA McKENZIE as Miss Jane Marple
JOANNA LUMLEY as Dolly Bantry
HUGH BONNEVILLE as Inspector Hewitt
LINDSAY DUNCAN as Marina Gregg
NIGEL HARMAN as Jason Rudd
MARTIN JARVIS as Vincent Hogg
HANNAH WADDINGHAM as Lola Brewster
VICTORIA SMURFITT as Ella Blunt
BRENNAN BROWN as Hailey Preston
CHARLOTTE RILEY as Margot Bence
LOIS JONES as Primrose Dixon
CAROLINE QUENTIN as Heather Badcock
WILL YOUNG as Casey Croft
MICHELE DOTRICE as Mrs Hubbard
NEIL STUKE as Dr Haydock
SAMUEL TIDDLER as Samuel Barnett