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Hickson Vs all the other Jane Marples



  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭

    I agree with you Anne, I think it was Body In The Library

  • Laura AnnLaura Ann Investigator

    Joan Hickson is the only Miss Marple for me.

    I tried watching the more modern versions but hated them. Too many changes.

    What they did to my favourite, Sleeping Murder, was criminal! At least I have my Joan Hickson version on DVD.

    I feel exactly the same. I often wonder what Dame Agatha herself would think of the changes.
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    I thought what they did with Sleeping Murder and Nemesis was an Outrage, like you I have my |Joan Hickson's and watch one when I have read the book, I watched 4.50 From Paddington a while ago.
  • lachy.a.wlachy.a.w ✭✭✭
    I hated the McEwan adaptation of The Body in the Library for that reason as well. I wish they could more faithful to the plot.
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    It is better than some, I hate what they did to Nemesis and Sleeping Murder more, Body In The Library has good bits but Nemesis and Sleeping Murder don't and I hate what ITV did to Cards On The Table more than ITVs Body In The Library, David Walliams is Brilliantly Cast, he and the man who played the |Character in the Hickson version are the only two people who can do that Character Justice (Sorry forgotten his name).
  • FrankFrank Queensland, Australia ✭✭✭
    Joan Hickson has been my favourite Miss Marple to date and I also enjoyed Geraldine McEwan time as Miss Marple despite the scripts being a bit of a departure from the Novels.
  • Joan Hickson for me, especially when she's the one AC liked. 
    Maggie Smith would probably add a sterness to the character, that Marple has - but which is only seen on rare occassions. So I'm not sure how it'd work.
    Judi Dench is a brilliant actress, and very twinkly, but possibly has too much presence. I see Marple as quiet, subdued, unsure of herself, until suddenly she's very sure and quite determined to have justice.
    Angela Lansbury - would be very good, just needs to act a bit older, not so energetic. Marple has arthritis, after all, and eventually can't even bend in her garden.
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    Judi Dench like Geraldine McKewan would be good as Lavinia Glynn and one part in Sparkling Cyanide, Angela Landesbury like Julia McKenzie would be good as Clothilde Bradbury Scott as would Maggie Smith but I DO think she would make a Good Miss Marple, I think Penelope Wilton would make a good Anthea Bradbury Scott.
  • I own all of the Joan Hickson, Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie DVD's that have so far been released.  I have not seen the last episodes with Julia McKenzie (2014).  I watch and re-watch them.  I enjoyed Joan Hickson's portrayals.  I enjoyed those films because a) they were stylishly suited to the period of time (mid 1950's) post-wwII England; b) the characterizations were close to what I envisioned when I read Christie's novels; c) the plots were close to Christie's novels.  Not exact but very close.  I thought Hickson was credible, subtle, and elegantly understated.  I loved the recurring characters -- Horowitz as Slack, and Sergeant Lake, for example.  I thought the casting for each episode was of a very high calibre with one or two exceptions.  
    I didn't mind that McEwan played the character differently.  What would you expect of a fine actress?  Each one puts her or his stamp on any character.  I found her different from my picturing of Miss Marple -- not quite ladylike and subtle enough -- but generally, I liked McEwan's character as I got used to it.  What I cannot condone under any circumstances, is the butchery of Dame Christie's fine mysteries by various screen writers in the McEwan series.  Especially egregious are the adaptations of At Bertram's Hotel, Sleeping Murder, and Nemesis.  I can tolerate The 4:50 from Paddington, The Body in the Library, and The Moving Finger.  I actually like The Murder at the Vicarage and A Murder is Announced.  I do not mind that other McEwan Marple films were not originally Marple stories and cannot comment because I don't know the original stories.  I like Ordeal by Innocence best of that group.  
    Julie McKenzie seems to settle into the role as she goes along.  I like A Pocketful of Rye, The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, and They Do it with Mirrors -- although I miss Inspector Slack and his magician-wannabe character.  
    Generally I agree with the casting in the later versions but in some cases, I glaringly disagree with the casting -- I think some roles are MIScast in fact.  But that may also be part of the fact that the miscast roles I most dislike are also in those screenplays that I really dislike intensely.  Thanks for reading!
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    I can't tolerate The Non-Miss Marple stories having her in the Adaptations.
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