Did we like it?
Geraldine McEwan has been a stunningly good Jane Marple and we’re going to miss her (although we’re excited about seeing what Julia ‘Fresh Fields’ McKenzie brings to the role). Fortunately, the beloved Geraldine went out on top in another sumptuous mystery.
What was good about it?
• Geraldine McEwan’s twinkly eyes and playful manner reveal how Marple really relishes the detetctive challenges she is constantly set. Once again, Marple sussed out the mystery in style, always well ahead of the gauche detective (Lee Ingleby – excellent again).
• The mystery bus trip with Daffodil Tours looked like great fun – only the occasional murders spoiled the fun (“Coach parties are meant to be sedate affairs, this is more like Tosca.”).
• Stand-out performances by Anne Reid as a severe nun, Ronni Ancona as a spoilt brat, Richard E Grant as a fey author, the beautiful Dan Stevens as a troubled German and, rather suprisingly and very pleasingly, Will Mellor as a traumatised, battle-scarred airman.
• The luxurious production values.
What was bad about it?
• It’s the end of the McEwan as Marple era.
• Amanda Burton played Sister Clotilde in much the same dour fashion as she employed for years in the dull Silent Witness.