Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s 2.03,04 At Bertram’s Hotel (1986)
Miss Marple is thrilled to be going to stay as Bertram’s Hotel, a little bit of England as it used to be but when she arrives, a glamorous female pioneer is dominating proceedings and Marple senses a sinister undercurrent.
Though the only murder in this adaptation occurs a few minutes before the end, the atmosphere and dotty characters are so splendid that it almost covers the lack of dead people. The wonderful Joan Hickson is backed by Joan Greenwood as a delightfully gossipy friend (she still has that magnificently husky voice) and Preston Lockwood as a spectacularly absent-minded cleric. And while the viewer will certainly have bits and pieces solved before the reveal, Marple still has the final touches up her sleeve. Special delight is reserved for the line "I’m dying to see ITV. I hear it’s ghastly." (For non-British viewers, this programme was created by Britain’s public broadcaster BBC and ITV is the name of the country’s first and principal commercial television broadcaster.)
This Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s episode contains a mild swear word, mild adult dialogue, Mild unpleasant scenes
Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.