Welcome back, as we continue with the second of this year’s Marple mysteries: Greenshaw’s Folly.

“Everyone here’s a bit weird, aren’t they?”
— Archie Oxley

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Julia McKenzie is back for three new films as spinster detective Jane Marple. First cab off the rank: A Caribbean Mystery.

“Ave, Caesar, morituri te salutant.”

 — Jason Rafiel

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After spending much of 2013 watching oh, so many Agatha Christie adaptations, I decided to put together a list of all her novels and short story collections, and whether and when they have been adapted for film. I’ll attempt to keep this updated as new information comes to mind, particularly since it appears that 2017 will be the start of yet another new era of adaptations for the Queen of Crime. See below:

(list updated – September 2016)

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As we wait for the increasingly likely news that Poirot will get one final season, there’s been no word on a possible renewal of Marple for a sixth season, and its third starring Julia McKenzie. I thought I’d just spare a couple of paragraphs to look at potential directions for the series.

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Julia McKenzie as Miss Marple

Well, folks, it’s been quite an enjoyable couple of months as I came to know first Geraldine McEwan‘s sprightly three years in the role of Miss Marple, and then the two seasons to date of Julia McKenzie. Join me as I look back at McKenzie’s second season, in which the actress comes into her own as Marple with four very strong adaptations.

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Well, after three years of lovely Marple stories, Geraldine McEwan retired (quite understandably), passing the torch to renowned theatre and television actress Julia McKenzie. I’d only heard some grumblings about “these new Marples” before I started this project, so I was very intrigued to leave rumour behind and make up my own mind. And you know what? Much like this overhyped nonsense about every episode of this series featuring anachronistically gallivanting lesbians, any qualms about McKenzie are complete tosh. After some initial trepidation, I think she serves the role admirably.

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Joan Hickson as Miss Marple

Joan Hickson as Miss Marple

Dame Agatha Christie – whose novels and short story collections I’ve reviewed for this blog, as per my previous post – is the best-selling novelist of all time, having sold at least four billion copies of her novels in nearly every world language, and whose works and characters – from a sixty-year writing career – have been adapted into plays, radio plays, movies and television shows unceasingly since the 1920s . The only individual writer who rivals her for ubiquity is that paragon, Mr. William Shakespeare. In short, it’s fair to say she deserves writing about.

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