Miss Marple

Season 3 Episode 3

At Bertram's Hotel, Part One

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Aired Unknown Jan 25, 1987 on BBC Two
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At Bertram's Hotel, Part One
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Jane Marple goes to London for a holiday and finds a pleasant hotel to stay in: Bertram's Hotel. However, lots of people surrounding her are hiding secrets. These secrets are about to form a chain of events that will create murder. This occurs when an eccentric guest goes to the airport on the wrong day.moreless

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  • Surely there can't be anything criminal going on at a place like Bertram's Hotel? What is the world coming to?

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    The first Marple story appeared in 1930, the last in 1976. The BBC's superb series of adaptations had the clever idea of relocating the plots into the years after World War II - the series opener, "The Body In The Library", takes place only a year or two after war's end and the closer, "The Mirror Crack'd From Side To Side", occurs in 1957 (as some of the dialogue makes clear). The series thus acquires a clever sub-text - it's set, not in a cosy never-never-land England, but in an England undergoing great cultural upheaval, where old certainties no longer apply. This gives the plot of "At Bertram's Hotel" especial sharpness, for the hotel seems a fixed point in a changing world - and yet, under its genteel, civilised surface, evil is to be found, and Miss Marple must sadly acknowledge that nothing lasts forever.moreless
Helena Michell

Helena Michell

Elvira Blake

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James Cossins

James Cossins

Colonel Luscombe

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Joan Greenwood

Joan Greenwood

Selina Hazy

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Miss Jane Marple: Ah, Bertram's! It's always sad when a work of art has to be destroyed.

    • Chief Inspector Fred Davy: You'll have to excuse me Miss Marple. I've got to go and see the chambermaid, Rose Sheldon.
      Miss Jane Marple: Ah, now, you'd do well to talk to that young woman. I've trained quite a few maids in my time, but I've never seen a bob curtsey like that since the St. Mary Mead players put on a French farce.

  • NOTES (2)

    • According to several biographers and also to Charles Osborne, author of a critical commentary on Christie's books, the fictitious Bertram's Hotel is based on Brown's Hotel, Agatha Christie's favourite London hotel (which, needless to add, was an establishment entirely without any criminal connections). It was also a favoured hotel of both Ava Gardner and S.J. Perelman.

    • This episode is based on Agatha Christie's book At Bertram's Hotel (1965).

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