Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
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They Do It with Mirrors 

A reformatory for delinquent boys run by Miss Marple's philanthropic friend becomes the scene of arson and poisoning, and ultimately murder.


Andy Wilson


Agatha Christie (based on the novel by), Paul Rutman (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julia McKenzie ... Miss Marple
Elliot Cowan ... Wally Hudd
Emma Griffiths Malin ... Gina Elsworth
Joan Collins ... Ruth Van Rydock
Penelope Wilton ... Carrie Louise Serrocold
Brian Cox ... Lewis Serrocold
Jordan Long ... Whitstable Ernest
Sarah Smart ... Mildred
Maxine Peake ... Jolly Bellever
Alexei Sayle ... Dr Maverick
Liam Garrigan ... Stephen Restarick
Tom Payne ... Edgar Lawson
Nigel Terry ... Christian Gulbrandsen
Ian Ogilvy ... Johnny Restarick
Alex Jennings ... Inspector Curry


Miss Marple is requested to help her old friend Carrie-Louise, the loving wife of benign philanthropist Lewis Serrocold. Carrie-Louise is slowly poisoned by an unknown hand,and her husband and her sister Ruth want absolutely to save her from this dark menace. Written by igorlongo

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murder mystery | See All (1) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

19 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Marple, Series IV: They Do It with Mirrors See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The inscription "Recover hope all ye who enter here" over the facility gate, is the opposite of Dante's inscription over the gate of Hell- "Abandon hope all ye who enter here". See more »


The charred accounts letter has the year 1953, however in the intro, a morris minor convertible has a registration plate with year suffix letter E - which was 1 January 1967 - 31 July 1967. See more »

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A very faithful, high quality version.
13 September 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

It's not one of my favourite Christie novels, but this production manages to bring it to life, it's well paced, brilliantly acted and manages not to go over the top. It manages to be witty in parts. A few minor changes only, so it does feel very faithful to the book. I like how Wally was switched to being a prime suspect, it's very logical.

Some of the American accents are hit and miss, naturally Joan Collin's is fantastic, but Penelope Wilton's is dire.

I truly love Emma Griffiths, what a gorgeous girl, she makes the role of Geena so much fun. What can be said for Elliot Cowan though, he is something special, he's an enormous screen presence. Naturally Joan Collins adds something special, whilst I've never thought her a particularly brilliant actress she is definitely iconic.

I've spoken previously how much I liked Julia Mckenzie in the role, and she never disappoints, another top notch performance from her.

It's hard to find any fault with it in truth, it's very slick, and the ending is definitely satisfying. 8/10

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