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Miss Marple: The Blue Geranium (ITV 29 Dec 2010, Donald Sinden)

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Based on a Marple short story from the Agatha Christie book The Thirteen Problems, The Blue Geranium sees the elderly spinster tec investigating after Mary Pritchard is found dead not long after receiving a warning from a fortune teller to beware of the colour Blue. Is her death linked to the Blue Geranium wallpaper in her bedroom or is something more sinister going on.

When it looks like the wrong person may be hung for Mary’s death Miss Marple turns to her old friend Sir Henry Clithering to see if he can stop the court hearing as Miss Marple does her best to discover what is really going on.

Great to see that at last ITV have turned to the many Miss Marple short stories for inspiration instead of placing her in sometimes out of context adaptations of non Marple novels. Donald Sinden is perfect as Sir Henry (who features in quite a few Marple stories) and the fab cast also includes the brilliant Toby Stephens, Kevin McNally and Joanna Page.

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UK / ITV1 Network – Chorion – WGBH Boston / 1×120 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 29 December 2010 @ 9.00pm

Writer: Stewart Harcourt / 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: David Moore

Series: Agatha Christie’s Marple Season 5 Episode 2

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JULIA McKENZIE as Miss Jane Marple
SHARON SMALL as Mary Pritchard
DONALD SINDEN as Sir Henry Clithering
TOBY STEPHENS as George Pritchard
CLAUDIE BLAKELEY as Philippa Pritchard
JOANNA PAGE as Hester
CLAIRE RUSHBROOK as Caroline
KEVIN McNALLY as Detective Somerset
IAN EAST as John The Gardener
JASON DURR as Eddie Seward
DAVILD CALDER as Dermot
PAUL RHYS as Lewis Pritchard
PATRICK BALADI as Jonathan Frayn
CAROLINE CATZ as Hazel
BENJAMIN HARCOURT as Peter Pritchard
THOMAS HARCOURT as Michael Pritchard
MOLLY HARCOURT as Susan Pritchard
REBEKAH MANNING as Susan Carstairs
HUGH ROSS as Lord Justice Carmichael
RICHARD BETTS as Clerk of the Court
DEREK HUTCHINSON as Concierge

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Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)

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Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost

In Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost our intrepid hero pays a visit to the seaside when an accountant, Peter Harlow, calls him in over a cottage he has been left in a will. He has no idea why he has been left the cottage but since he has taken over ownership more than a few strange things have been happening.

Hazell stays at the cottage for a few days and manages to find no small amount of comfort when Harlow’s wife Stephanie turns up (Harlow himself is in New York). Although there is clearly something spooky going on it’s definitely man made and it doesn’t take Hazell too long to work it out.

The episode was a rare outing outside of London for the series, it was filmed in the East Anglian village of Walberswick and surrounds. Although all the interiors were filmed in studio of coure.

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I may be common but I’m not stupid

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UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 31 May 1979

Writer: Richard Harris / Production Design: Philip Blowers, Peter Elliot / Director: Mike Vardy

Series: Hazell Season 2 Episode 7

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Nicholas Ball as Hazell
Michael Gaunt as Peter Harlow
John Woodnutt as Vicar
Desmond Llewellyn as Bell
Richard Simpson as Weaver
Meg Davies as Stephanie Harlow
Desmond McNamara as Tel
Peter Woodward as Gregory Summers
Joy Steward as Mrs Summers

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