Hickson Vs all the other Jane Marples

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  • CrookedQuinCrookedQuin California, United States ✭✭✭
    @ChristieFanForLife Sounds horrifying. Sarah Phelps, the writer, literally admits that all these changes were intentional to match the views of modern audiences, and absolutely knows nothing of Christie at all. 
  • @ChristieFanForLife Sounds horrifying. Sarah Phelps, the writer, literally admits that all these changes were intentional to match the views of modern audiences, and absolutely knows nothing of Christie at all. 
    And to think that Mathew Prichard, Christie's grandson who's over the estate, is allowing all this to happen. Now you see why I don't have much faith in these new adaptations that are coming out. 


    “People in the dark are quite different, aren’t they?”  ― A Murder Is Announced 
  • I can't abide Joan Hickson as Miss Marple ! She is far too disapproving and mean . My idea of Miss Marple is that she's quite fluffy and sweet which is what Geraldine Mckewan did manage to capture. Julia Mackenzie is too young and too Julia McKenzie to be a perfect Miss Marple and although I love the Margaret Rutherford films she is not demure enough . 
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭

    I find Geraldine McKewan's Portrayal too Hammy for me and Julia McKenzie's too Nosey in an obvious way, No Actress is absolutely as the Books describe her but there is nothing about the ITV Miss Marples which was right although some were Nice to watch, My Favourite was Joan Hickson but On Radio June Whitfield was perfect.

  • graemegraeme Stafford UK Fan
    For me, Joan Hickson is the absolute archetypal Jane Marpal!  All the actors who have portrayed Marple have been or are very accomplished in their field, however Joan does, in my opinion, stand out in this role!
    I do think Joan would have been less accomplished than Geraldine had she portrayed Jean Broadie as I think Julia was better suited to other roles she played!
    I am not trying to disrespect any professional here just to share my opinions that I feel certain actors have different strengths and my preferences of those skills they excell at the most!
    I respect all those mentioned and get great enjoyment from watching them ply their skills in portraying characters be they fictional or persons who actually existed!  Just one example was the portrayal of Churchill by Robert Hardy in the "Willderness Years" that I found highly entertaining and exceptionally well played!
  • graemegraeme Stafford UK Fan
    Oops sorry miss Marple I misspelled your surname!  Shame on me
  • eeriecheneeriechen Perth, Western Australia Fan
    I have to say I liked Joan Hickson as Miss Marple, but not as much as much as Geraldine McEwan. She did not have the lovable warmth that the others had and the BBC TV series was a little turgid compared to the ones that Margaret Rutherford, Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie were in. There has been so much hype about Joan Hickson being the best Muss Marple, that I  must now upset the apple cart,  whilst putting the record straight at the same time. I believe Geraldine McEwan was the best Miss Marple and the series was excellent.  
  • edited September 12
    eeriechen said:
    I have to say I liked Joan Hickson as Miss Marple, but not as much as much as Geraldine McEwan. She did not have the lovable warmth that the others had and the BBC TV series was a little turgid compared to the ones that Margaret Rutherford, Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie were in. There has been so much hype about Joan Hickson being the best Muss Marple, that I  must now upset the apple cart,  whilst putting the record straight at the same time. I believe Geraldine McEwan was the best Miss Marple and the series was excellent.  
    I respectfully disagree. With respect to the late Geraldine McEwan, I must say that some actors just aren't suited for certain roles and I have to state that in this instance this is the case. McEwan was too impish and she looked as though she was sneaky. This is not Miss Marple at all. Miss Marple from the books had a Victorian attitude and had her Victorian ways and I just don't see Geraldine McEwan's Miss Marple having this in the series. She appeared to have taken on more of a modern -- more likely 21st century -- approach to certain things. This Miss Marple has an affair with a married soldier . . . and she KNOWS that he's married! This is not what Jane Marple would do. She had suitors as a young woman but she would never have had an affair with a married man! It's not in keeping with Miss Marple's character. 


    “People in the dark are quite different, aren’t they?”  ― A Murder Is Announced 
  • AjisaiAjisai USA Investigator
    Exactly!  Excellent point there, Cffl...and that's a major reason I could not watch too much ofthat series.
    "You may know all about cigarettes and match ends, M. Giraud, but I, Hercule Poirot, know the mind of man!"
  • And what's so bad Ajisai is they took stories that weren't based on a Miss Marple book such as The Secret of Chimneys, Endless Night, The Sittaford Mystery, and Murder Is Easy. They could have filmed the short stories if they wanted to do something other than the novels. I wish Joan Hickson did the short stories but I'm grateful that she filmed all of the novels, and that's good enough for me  ;)


    “People in the dark are quite different, aren’t they?”  ― A Murder Is Announced 
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