Another Sunday evening, another sit-down with Miss Marple, and immediately three things were of great disappointment.
The first was that, after the exotic hotspot of last week's Caribbean Mystery, 'Greenshaw's Folly' saw us despatched instead to a drab, semi-rural retreat full of books and botany.
The second was that Jim Moir aka Vic Reeves, who promised good things as the all-knowing butler of the house, only lasted a full ten minutes before he was unceremoniously disposed of, from the top of his toppling ladder, minutes after voicing his suspicions of a resident ghost.
The third was that we were forced to watch some key events through the eyes of a young boy, Archie, the curious son of one of Miss Marple's many stray lambs - those characters invented by Christie to lead our tireless octogenarian into strange and mysterious circumstances, in this case the house of green-fingered Katherine Greenshaw, a waddling Fiona Shaw, at least until she got an arrow in the neck.
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'Greenshaw's Folly' was adapted from a short story, and it did feel that two hours had been eked out, rather than jam-packed with narrative. Never mind, there were just about enough twists and turns to satisfy a Christie fan. Less satisfying is the ongoing suspicion that Julie McKenzie is just a little bit too agile to be a true Miss Marple. With her capering around the house as nippy as anyone, heading off policemen at the pass, it's all a bit Murder She… Knitted.
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