Agatha Christie's Marple

Season 3 Episode 1

At Bertram's Hotel

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 23, 2007 on ITV
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Miss Marple leaves St. Mary Mead for a trip to London's elite, Victorian, and "too good to be true" Bertram's Hotel, where she used to spend her holidays as a child. Soon after her arrival, a maid is found murdered on the roof and Miss Marple tries to uncover the truth with the help of another maid. However, things take a strange turn when the hotel doorman is shot to death by a mysterious sniper, and some of the guests may be hiding more secrets than previously imagined.moreless

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  • Beautiful scenery but so disappointing for this Agatha Christie fan.

    The only reason for changing the story of the original book I can see is to make it interesting for people who actually read Christie's book. Well, in my opinion, such changes are actually very disappointing to readers familiar with Agatha Christie's works. I am one of such people and I was pissed at what creators of this episode did with the original.

    I think brining the book on screen without any changes would have been much better. I mean, Agatha Christie is a very well known writer around the world, her books are masterpieces. And what is Tom MacRae, writer of this episode's script, known for? Writing a book for children.

    Agatha Christie was a genius. At Bertram's Hotel is an excellent book with a powerful plot which is suited for the screen as it is. Why change it?moreless
  • A good mystery with colorful characters, fine photography, and fine script. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple in "At Bertram's Hotel" is worth seeing.

    A good mystery with colorful characters, fine photography, and fine script. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple in "At Bertram's Hotel" is worth seeing.

    This episode is crafted with filmography worthy of a major film. The photography is excellent. The roof top scene of London is spectacular, and a trace of an alien voice through duct-work is well crafted. this episode has visual appeal.

    The characters are colorful without being cartoonish. Jane, the maid, is a great foil for Miss Marple. The inspector is a sympathetic and troubled character. The suspects are varied with unique characteristics that muddle the plot and keep on guessing.

    So far this is my favorite of the series.moreless
Francesca Annis

Francesca Annis

Lady Selina Hazy

Guest Star

Emily Beecham

Emily Beecham

Elvira Blake

Guest Star

Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns

Jack & Joel Britten

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In an early scene, a character asks for Room 412. This references a famous joke from one of Stan Freberg's routines "St George and the Dragonet" which was a #1 hit record in 1953 and was a popular in-joke at one time in acting circles. The joke's punchline - the Dragnet-style cop says "I've got you on a 412 as well." What's that, shouts the criminal. "Over-acting" replies the deadpan cop.

    • In the opening, the hotel manager is on the telephone where he can be heard saying "Miss Otis regrets she's unable to lunch today". This is a line from the 1934 Cole Porter song Miss Otis Regrets.

    • Bertram's Hotel is named after Brown's hotel.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Inspector Bird: I've just been speaking to the Rembrandt expert at the National Gallery. Apparently our fake is the worst kind of copy.
      Mr Humfries: What's wrong with it?
      Inspector Bird: It's the original.

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