Agatha Christie's Marple

Season 2 Episode 3

By the Pricking of My Thumbs

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 19, 2006 on ITV



  • Trivia

    • Goof - Anachronsim: Marple: (To the taxi driver) The train station, not the police station, please.
      There's no way Miss Marple would have used this expression in the late 1940s or 50s; the expression has only been in common use for the last three or four years. The term is "railway station".

  • Quotes

    • Miss Marple: Old men can sometimes become too sentimental around children.
      Dr. Waters: Really? I find myself becoming less tolerant.

    • Tuppence:(Referring to Ada Beresford) She made the Philistines look like the Chelsea Arts Club.

    • Miss Marple: (After Tuppence has stalled the car twice) Kangaroo petrol?

    • Tuppence: Mrs Lancaster said that there was a child buried behind the fireplace in the sun lounge.
      Miss Packard: My sun lounge?

    • Mrs Lancaster: Excuse me, it wasn't your poor child?
      Tuppence: No I don't think so.
      Mrs Lancaster: I thought you'd come for a reason. Someone will come sometime. That's where the poor child was you know. The poor child behind the fireplace.

    • Ada Beresford: The United Nations building in New York. What's it like?
      Tommy: I haven't been.
      Ada Beresford: You haven't been?!

    • Tommy Beresford: [Tuppence asks Tommy to drive so she can continue reading her copy of Macbeth. Tommy chuckles in response] I was in Macbeth at my prep school. "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day."
      Tuppence Beresford: I heard you were marvelous.
      Tommy Beresford: Who from?
      Tuppence Beresford: You.

  • Notes

    • Murders

      Lily Waters - Poisoned

      Aunt Ada - Poisoned

      Nellie Bligh - Poisoned

    • Miss Marple did not appear in the original novel on which this adaptation is based. To make this story part of the Marple series, it is set in the post-war period, meaning Tommy would still be needed in military intelligence.

    • By The Pricking Of My Thumbs was split into two parts in the US and aired on June 18th and 25th.

    • This episode is based on a Tommy and Tuppence novel by the same name, also by Agatha Christie, published in 1968.

  • Allusions

    • Title: By The Pricking Of My Thumbs
      This is a quote from Shakespeare's Macbeth. It is said by the second witch in Act 1 Scene 4:
      By the pricking of my thumbs,
      Something wicked this way comes.