Agatha Christie’s Marple: The Body in the Library, ITV1

by | Dec 12, 2004 | All, Reviews

What to say if you liked it

Little Britain without Vicky and vomit but with violence and vampy women

What to say if you disliked it

Preposterous nonsense designed to give actors a chance to camp it up in silly costumes

What was good about it?

• Geraldine McEwan playing Miss Marple with a cheeky little twinkle as if the old dear has been round the block a bit. “Jane has a mind that has plumbed the depths of human iniquity.” She even made a success out of an old joke – “Just a ginger wine – with a dash of Scotch.”

• Joanna Lumley as Dolly Bantry, who gets a little overexcited by the “simply dreadful” murder and becomes very impressed by Miss Marple. “Mind like a sink, you know.”

• Ian Richardson, James Fox and Simon Callow providing some real class

• Ben Miller as the ridiculous cad with a lovely minimalist house

• Jack Davenport as the lugubrious Cockney cop

• All those rouged-up lips

• Adam Garcia as the sexy Argentinian dancer cum gigolo

What was bad about it?

• The star-studded cast meant there were far too opportunities to cry out “Look who it is” and therefore missing out on some of the tiny clues

• David Walliams overplaying his small role as, what would be called at the time, a blithering idiot

• Jamie Theakston being a bit wooden – although he did show real acting ability when he got upset about his wife and friends who’d perished in the war.

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