Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple in A Caribbean Mystery (1989) – 7/10 murder mystery TV review

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Cast / crew
Novel Writer: Agatha Christie
Screenplay Writer: T.R. Bowen
Director: Christopher Petit
Joan Hickson: Miss Marple
Donald Pleasence: Jason Rafiel
T.P. McKenna: Dr. Grahame
Frank Middlemass: Major Palgrave
Producer: George Gallaccio

Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s A Caribbean Mystery (1989)

After an illness, Jane Marple’s nephew sends her off on a Caribbean holiday but the death of an old Major with endless stories about his time as a hunter, military and police man doesn’t sit quite right. Miss Marple immediately connects his story involving “the picture of a killer” in his wallet with his unexpected demise but fears that the local authorities will pay no attention to her. Enter Jason Rafiel (“Oi! Miss Marple!”): a rude, obnoxious and immensely wealthy wheelchair-bound man who may be able to put a word in the right ear.

7/10

Coming after a three year gap, we finally get to find out why old dead codger Jason Rafiel got Miss Marple to investigate the suspicious death in Nemesis as he runs into the woman with “a mind like a bacon slicer” on a Caribbean holiday. Hickson is perfect as Marple, Donald Pleasence is stroppy fun as Rafiel (“Don’t start knitting on me”) and the mystery and identity of the murderer is explained in the first ten minutes without the audience realising it. The music is clumsier than usual and the first half is a tad slow but this is a solid adaptation of a decent mystery.

This Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s episode contains adult dialogue, mild swear word, Gory and unpleasant scenes

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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