Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
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A Pocket Full of Rye 

A detestable businessman is murdered while at work, and a handful of rye is found in his pockets. Soon after, members of his household fall victim to a killer intent on recreating scenes from a popular nursery rhyme.


Charlie Palmer (as Charles Palmer)


Agatha Christie (novel), Kevin Elyot (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julia McKenzie ... Miss Marple
Rose Heiney Rose Heiney ... Gladys
Laura Haddock ... Miss Grosvenor
Kenneth Cranham ... Rex Fortescue (as Ken Cranham)
Thea Collings Thea Collings ... Tilly
Lucy Cohu ... Pat Fortescue
Rupert Graves ... Lance Fortescue
Matthew Macfadyen ... Inspector Neele
Edward Tudor-Pole ... Professor Bernsdorrf (as Edward Tudor Pole)
Ralf Little ... Sergeant Pickford
Helen Baxendale ... Mary Dove
Ken Campbell Ken Campbell ... Crump
Anna Madeley ... Adele Fortescue
Joseph Beattie ... Vivian Dubois
Wendy Richard ... Mrs Crump


When Rex Fortescue dies while sitting at his desk in the City, it's determined that he was in fact poisoned. He was married to a much younger wife, who now stands to inherit. His son Percival, a partner in the family firm, was a disappointment to him and a daughter, Elaine, hasn't amounted to much. Another son, Lance, had a falling out with his father many years before and relocated to East Africa. He suddenly appears soon after his father's death claiming that they had reconciled and been invited by him to return to England with an offer to rejoin the firm. Miss Marple takes a particular interest in the case when her former maid Gladys, now working in the Fortescue household, is also murdered. She soon learns that the elder Fortescue had received veiled threats for some time and that they might have something to do with a long ago business deal that made his initial fortune. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

5 July 2009 (USA) See more »

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The last TV role of Wendy Richard who died before transmission in the UK. See more »


When Miss Marple is going through Gladys' belongings, she finds a postcard from the alleged boyfriend. When the card is first seen, it has two stamps on it; moments later, when Miss Marple, crosses the room toward the window and the card is seen for the second time, there is only one stamp on it. See more »


Version of Tayna chyornykh drozdov (1983) See more »


Bye Bye Blackbird
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
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One word: amazing.
7 December 2008 | by tml_pohlak_13See all my reviews

Julia Mackenzie replaces Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple in a series that has gained notoriety because of their vast changes to Agatha Christie's original novels. "A Pocket Full of Rye" continues the series (it is not a reboot).

Happily, Kevin Elyot was on board for the first episode of this new series. Elyot is a reliable screenwriter, who manages to stay very faithful to the original book. That being said, I was able enjoy a reasonably close rendition of the book on screen.

This episode was a good start for Julia Mackenzie. I am one of the few who enjoyed McEwan in the role, although I am first to admit she was not the Miss Marple from the books.Surprisingly, Mackenzie's portrayal I enjoyed much more, and is much closer to the Miss Marple of the books.

"A Pocket Full of Rye" is a good start for Mackenzie, and hopefully helps return the series to the books. I am certainly looking forward to seeing her in future films.

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