After a serious motorcycle accident, the dashing Jerry Burton
arrives in the sleepy village of Lymstock with his sister
Joanna to recuperate. Their expectations of peace and quiet
are quickly dashed when they discover a poison pen-writer
is at large in the village. Together Miss Marple and Jerry
set out to stop the malicious messages before they result
in another tragedy. Little do they know that they will ultimately
unveil a murderer...
with the other releases in this series there are a whole heap
of actors in The Moving Finger that will be familiar
to you, and that you probably wouldn't have expected to turn
up in a serious drama. Thelma Barlow (Coronation Street's
Mavis Riley); Kelly Brook; Harry Enfield; John Sessions; and
Jessica Stevenson (Spaced's
Daisy Steiner). Other well know faces, who we know are up
to the task include Keith Allan, Francis de la Tour, Emilia
Fox, Imogen Stubbs and Ken Russell.
be quite honest though everyone turns in fantastic performances
- although it was obvious that they'd kept Brook's lines down
to a bare minimum. Also, and this is an insult aimed towards
the makeup department not the actress, the scene were Megan
Symmington (played by Talulah Riley) is revealed wearing makeup
and looking like a 'proper lady' actually looks awful. In
fact I was reminded of the alien in Close Encounters of
the Third Kind - very pale skin and lots of white light.
episode opens and closes with some of the worst back screen
projection filming I've ever seen. And can anyone explain
why Marple hardly appears in this episode? Very mysterious.
that's me just being picky. At the end of the day this is
a murder mystery that you'll have a nightmare working out
and the end result is well worth the wait.
only real extra is an interesting behind the scenes featurette.
Christie fans will be intrigued by this adaptation.