Agatha Christie's Marple

Season 1 Episode 1

The Body in the Library

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 12, 2004 on ITV

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  • This episode had the opportunity for greatness. Too bad that the ending ruined everything.

    Up to a point, "The Body in the Library" is great. The script was true to the book, the cast was uniformly good, the visuals were stunning, and it had a lot going for it. Unfortunately, the writers decided that the classic Christie ending had to be changed for modern audiences. I won't tell you what happens, but let's just say that Agatha Christie is currently rolling in her grave. The change was completely unnecessary, and ruined the plot that had been planned out so meticulously in the book. I think that if this change had not been made, this episode might be on par with the Joan Hickson episode of the same name. But as it is, it remains at the "bottom of the barrel."

    Too bad the cast and director were given such a poor script. Their performances (especially that of Gerladine McEwan) belong in a much better series.