Miss Marple

Season 3 Episode 5

Nemesis, Part One

Aired Unknown Feb 08, 1987 on BBC Two
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Nemesis, Part One
Miss Marple receives a request from a millionaire she has met before. Mr Jason Rafiel asks her to look into a crime. However, Miss Marple is left with very few clues and is not even told when or where the crime was committed. Eventually, more clues are unravelled for Miss Marple to work out the mystery.moreless

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  • Why is the son of a millionaire living as a tramp? And why does murder interrupt a coach trip? Miss Marple honours her pledge to a dead man by finding out.moreless

    Best to forget that this story is actually a sequel of sorts to "A Caribbean Murder", which was not adapted for the "Miss Marple" series for a few more years. Certainly, the dying Mr. Rafiel whom we see briefly at the start of the episode seems worlds away, in Frank Gatliff's abbreviated but moving performance, from the tremendous character played by Donald Pleasence when "A Caribbean Murder" was finally aired in 1989. Taken solely on its own merits, this is a very fine Marple episode, done with great skill in every department. Once again, the past holds the key to horrors that have gone unacknowledged or unsolved until the cold-eyed spinster from St. Mary Mead became interested; justice takes time, but it is eventually achieved.moreless
Frank Gatliff

Frank Gatliff

Jason Rafiel

Guest Star

Barbara Franceschi

Barbara Franceschi

Miss Kurnowitz

Guest Star

Bruce Payne

Bruce Payne

Michael Rafiel

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Professor Wanstead: Archdeacon, there's someone I'd like you to meet. There she is…
      [ Gesturing in Miss Marple's direction ] Mr Rafiel's bloodhound - his avenging angel. She looks so harmless, doesn't she? But her camouflage is perfect because she is partly just what she seems - a gossipy old village lady, but her logic is ruthless and her powers of synthesis formidable. And above all she never lets go.

    • Mr Broadribb [ of Miss Marple ] I wonder what she's like.
      Mr Schuster: She's elderly, so she'll be punctual.

    • Miss Elizabeth Temple: [Talking about the murdered girl] There was something in her nature.
      Miss Jane Marple: Perhaps it was goodness.
      Miss Elizabeth Temple: Do you believe in such things?
      Miss Jane Marple: Oh, yes... yes. I believe in evil, in everlasting life, and oh yes, goodness... yes.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode has Miss Marple solving a mystery to fulfil a dying request from her old friend, the millionaire Jason Rafiel, whose demise occurs at the start of the story. But it was not until two years later that the BBC filmed their version of A Caribbean Mystery, the story in which Miss Marple and Mr Rafiel meet for the first time. In that episode, Mr Rafiel, whilst an invalid, seems a very different person from the one we briefly glimpse here, and is played by a different actor.

    • This episode is based on Agatha Christie's book Nemesis (1971).