A new face takes on the role of a most familiar spinster sleuth this summer in the fourth series of Agatha Christie: Marple on PBS. Julia McKenzie, best known to Masterpiece audiences for her portrayal of Mrs. Forrester in the acclaimed series Cranford, brings her distinctive style to the role. "I think Julia is a very different character than the other actresses who played Miss Marple recently, and more different than people who played her a long time ago," says Christie's grandson Mathew Prichard. "... I think audiences will love her."
In an adaptation of Christie's A Pocket Full of Rye, which airs this Sunday (July 5th, check your local listings) and is the first of four new episodes to be broadcast, businessman Rex Fortescue drops dead after breakfast, apparently poisoned. The only clue is incomprehensible — grain found in his suit pocket. It's obvious that Fortescue isn't exactly missed. Between his estranged and angry children and a wife who seems to not be at a loss for comfort, the Fortescue house is full of secrets. Inspector Neele is dispatched to investigate, but makes little progress until the arrival of Miss Marple. For Marple, the case is child's play — the killer seems inspired by the rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence." As the murders pile up, Marple discovers a motive as dark as blackbirds.
Agatha Christie's Miss Marple Series 4 will be released on DVD on August 4th.
Watch a video preview of the series below:
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