Miss Marple

Season 4 Episode 4

The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side

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Aired Unknown Dec 27, 1992 on BBC Two
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The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side
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Heather Badcock consumes a poisoned cocktail, that was apparently made for actress Marina Gregg, Heather's idol. It appears that Marina was the intended victim and so needs protection. Miss Marple, of St. Mary Mead appears and helps to find the murderer and unravel the mystery.

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  • Has someone tried to murder a film star in St. Mary Mead?

    9.0
    Vastly better than the unsuccessful 1980 film version of this story (and, incidentally, restoring Agatha Christie's full title - a reference to Tennyson's "The Lady Of Shallot"), the last segment in the BBC's series of Miss Marple adaptations brings a fine show to a satisfying close. Claire Bloom gives an excellent performance as the tough, self-centred, but finally very vulnerable movie star who may - or may not - have become the object of an assassin's attentions, whilst Gwen Watford, returning to the role of Miss Marple's friend Dolly Bantry (now a widow, and not as well off as once she was), is both touching and funny. Dominating the whole thing, as always, is the quietly majestic Joan Hickson. This really was the perfect meeting of actress and role.moreless
Barry Newman

Barry Newman

Jason Rudd

Guest Star

Norman Rodway

Norman Rodway

Dr Gilchrist

Guest Star

Elizabeth Garvie

Elizabeth Garvie

Ella Zeilinsky

Guest Star

Ian Brimble

Ian Brimble

Sergeant Lake

Recurring Role

David Horovitch

David Horovitch

Superintendent Slack

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Marina Gregg: [to Ardwyck Fenn] The love of money... the root of all evil! And you, Ardwyck, have it raw for breakfast and boiled, grilled and fried the rest of the day as well!

    • Insp. Craddock: [after two murders] What would you like me to do?
      Supt. Slack: Do? Catch the perpetrator of this... pig's dinner! That's what I like you to do!

    • Arthur Badcock: [to inspector Lake as he shows him to a beautiful wooded area near a pond] This is where Keats is supposed to have heard the nightingale on the heath. Poor old thing! All he'd hear now at night is grunting in the bushes.

    • Supt. Slack: While you're in St. Mary Mead, I suggest you make contact with an old lady there. Oh, she looks like what you'd expect. Don't be deceived - she's got a mind like a meat cleaver. She's the sort of person who could help you on this case. Her name is Miss... Jane... Marple. I'm not pressuring you, but I do advise you to interview her.
      Insp. Craddock: That's all right, sir. I was intending to; she's my aunt.

    • Miss Jane Marple: [to Dr. Petrie on the phone] Well, it seems to me you're turning into a regular old busybody!

    • Miss Jane Marple: [on the phone] Dolly? Now you'll going to do something for me. I want you to talk to Dr. Petrie. Yes, because he's just behaving like Mussolini!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Strangely, Inspector Craddock refers to Miss Marple in this episode as his aunt, whereas in the previous episode in which he appears, "A Murder Is Announced", he makes no reference to this fact and seems never to have met or heard of Miss Marple previously. In the original novel, the Inspector and Miss Marple are unrelated, although, in the 1980 film version of this story ("The Mirror Crack'd"), the Inspector (there played by Edward Fox) is again said to be her nephew.

    • This episode is based on Agatha Christie's book The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side (1962).

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