Agatha Christie's Marple

A Pocket Full of Rye

Season 4, Ep 1, Aired 9/6/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Wealthy businessman Rex Fortescue collapses and dies in his office. It is determined that he was poisoned, and a handful of rye is found in his pockets. No one seems too upset, as everyone agrees that Rex was a tyrant. Soon, however, Rex's young wife also ends up poisoned. The maid, Gladys, whom Miss Marple trained, writes to her asking for help. Miss Marple arrives too late, as Gladys' body is found strangled. Miss Marple senses a connection between the deaths and a well-known nursery rhyme, "Sing a Song of Sixpence". Now it is up to her to find the cold-blooded killer and to deliver justice.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Julia McKenzie

    Miss Marple

  • Rupert Graves

    Lance Fortescue

  • Helen Baxendale

    Mary Dove

  • Lucy Cohu

    Patricia Fortescue

  • Prunella Scales

    Mrs Mackenzie

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  • Notes (4)

    • This episode is adapted from the novel, A Pocket Full of Rye (1953).

    • The use of the character name "Inspector Neele", with its most unusual spelling of the surname, is worth noting. "Neele" was the pseudonym employed by Agatha Christie during her ten-day disappearance in 1926 (she was found staying at a Yorkshire hotel under this name). Significantly, it was also the surname of the woman named by her as co-respondent in her divorce from her first husband. Christie's disappearance in 1926 is usually said to have been occasioned by this marital break-up.


    • Murders
      Rex Fortescue - Poisoned
      Adele Fortescue - Poisoned

      Gladys Martin - Strangled

    • This is the first episode to feature Julia McKenzie in the title role of Miss Marple. The previous star, Geraldine McEwan, retired from the series after the third season.

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