Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple in They Do It With Mirrors (1991) – 8/10 murder mystery TV review

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Cast / crew
Novel Writer: Agatha Christie
Screenplay Writer: T.R. Bowen
Director: Norman Stone
Joan Hickson: Miss Marple
Jean Simmons: Carrie-Louise Serrocold
Joss Ackland: Lewis Serrocold
Faith Brook: Ruth van Rydock
Gillian Barge: Mildred Strete
David Horovitch: Chief Inspector Slack
Producer: George Gallaccio

Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s They Do It With Mirrors (1991)

Miss Marple is asked to go and visit someone an old friend, Carrie-Louise Serrocold, but it’s not just to catch up: Carrie-Louise’s life is thought to be in danger. Within a couple of days, a murder is committed.

8/10

Entertaining and atmospheric murder mystery which has plenty to delight, not least, of course, Joan Hickson as the perfect Miss Marple and her interactions with David Horovitch as the impressively irritable Chief Inspector Slack. However, the critical scene (in the sitting room listening to the goings-on in the study) is fluffed by the director making the identity of the murderer rather more obvious than it should be and the novel’s tricky climax is weakly handled (it should be tragic; here it’s a bit silly). Still, the atmosphere is superb. Joss Ackland is surprisingly good as we are sadly used to seeing him as a bellowing, eye-rolling villain. Naturally, Joan Hickson as Miss Marple (in her penultimate performance) is, as usual, outstanding. Has any part ever been more perfectly cast?

This Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s episode contains , Strong violence, unpleasant scenes

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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