@ChristieFanForLife Sounds horrifying. Sarah Phelps, the writer, literally admits that all these changes were intentional to match the views of modern audiences, and absolutely knows nothing of Christie at all.
I find Geraldine McKewan's Portrayal too Hammy for me and Julia McKenzie's too Nosey in an obvious way, No Actress is absolutely as the Books describe her but there is nothing about the ITV Miss Marples which was right although some were Nice to watch, My Favourite was Joan Hickson but On Radio June Whitfield was perfect.
I have to say I liked Joan Hickson as Miss Marple, but not as much as much as Geraldine McEwan. She did not have the lovable warmth that the others had and the BBC TV series was a little turgid compared to the ones that Margaret Rutherford, Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie were in. There has been so much hype about Joan Hickson being the best Muss Marple, that I must now upset the apple cart, whilst putting the record straight at the same time. I believe Geraldine McEwan was the best Miss Marple and the series was excellent.
One of the things they did badly was to give Margaret Rutherford the role of Miss Marple in a Poirot story, and then in a non Agatha Christie narrative. I think viewers wer annoyed by it.
Agatha Christie turns sleuth to uncover a real-life mystery in a comedy thriller, Murder, Margaret and Me, coming to Salisbury Playhouse from 1 to 24 February.
Agatha Christie and Margaret Rutherford, two of our greatest and most celebrated national treasures, should never have been friends. But they were. Their paths crossed when they found themselves at the heart of one of British cinema’s most successful franchises. However, the Miss Marple films almost didn’t get made.
Agatha didn’t want Margaret to bring her precious spinster to life and Margaret was mortified at the thought of upsetting her fans with something as sordid as murder. But this wasn’t her only reason for resisting the part. Margaret had a terrible secret. One that she’d lived with for a lifetime.
Murder, Margaret and Me is a story of friendship in the long-lost world of the silver screen. As Agatha and Margaret play tug of war with Marple, Agatha (being a woman who wasn’t without a secret or two herself) unearths the shocking truth buried in Margaret’s past.
For more details, visit the Salisbury Playhouse website.