I still don’t think that ITV’s Marple is all that marvellous, but it does all right for a bit of mindless viewing. Sunday’s A Pocketful of Rye was suitable for a day spent fighting a headache. I needed entertaining, but couldn’t cope with anything demanding. Plenty of breaks for the commercials allowed the refilling of teacups.

Julia McKenzie as Miss Marple

Julia McKenzie made a much better Miss Marple than her predecessor. She’s no Joan Hickson, but pretty close. I still suspect they are mixing their ‘authentic periods’ rather, and don’t stop to consider whether people in the 1950s would have done or said what they put in the script, but then I’m an old fusspot.


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