Marple (2004–2013)
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Greenshaw's Folly 

Miss Marple aids a young mother and son by spiriting them away to the estate of an eccentric botanist, not knowing that it will soon become the scene of murder.


Sarah Harding


Tim Whitnall (screenplay), Agatha Christie (short stories: "Greenshaw's Folly" & "The Thumb Mark of St Peter")




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julia McKenzie ... Miss Marple
Kimberley Nixon ... Louisa Oxley
Bobby Smalldridge ... Archie Oxley
Martin Compston ... Alfred Pollock
Vic Reeves Vic Reeves ... Cracken (as Jim Moir)
Julia Sawalha ... Mrs. Cresswell
Fiona Shaw ... Miss Katherine Greenshaw
Sam Reid ... Nat Fletcher
Rufus Jones ... Horace Bindler
Joanna David ... Grace Ritchie
Robert Glenister ... Father Brophy
Judy Parfitt ... Cicely Beauclerk
Candida Gubbins Candida Gubbins ... Minnie Tulliver
John Gordon Sinclair ... Inspector Welch
Matt Willis ... Cayley


When old family friend Louisa Oxley visits Miss Marple one stormy night seeking help, Miss Marple decides to send her and her son, Archie, to safety at the labyrinthine estate of Greenshaw's Folly, owned by Miss Marple's good friend Katherine Greenshaw, an eccentric botanist and the last surviving Greenshaw. Louisa becomes Miss Greenshaw's secretary, and quickly attracts the attention of the gardener Alfred Pollock and actor Nat Fletcher. Things turn sinister when the Folly's faithful butler, Walter Cracken, is killed in what appears to be a tragic accident. Then a guest at the house, Horace Bindler, disappears without a trace. Miss Marple is convinced all is not well, and her suspicions are confirmed when Miss Greenshaw herself is brutally murdered. Suspects are everywhere, but none can imagine the secrets, both past and present, which Miss Marple uncovers. Written by shanty_sleuth

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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21 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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Intelligent, intriguing, the penultimate episode is a cracker.
19 January 2016 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Jane Marple comes to the assistance of Louisa and her young son Archie, desperately escaping her violent husband Philip. Jane takes them away to the secluded home of friend of Katherine Greenshaw, where Louisa adopts the post of Secretary. Greenshaw's Folly soon becomes the scene of three deaths, guest Horace Bindler, Cracken the Butler, and Katherine Greenshaw herself, it falls on Jane Marple to unravel the mystery alongside who knows of Miss Marple by her formidable reputation.

The Marple series ended very strongly I thought, the previous few episodes were very strong, as was this one, only Endless Night was a little short of the mark.

Some wonderful performances, Julia McKenzie made a great fist with the lead role, a mix of softness and toughness, she played it brilliantly. Fiona Shaw is a tremendously good actress, so charismatic and wonderfully eccentric, she's awesome as Katherine.

Two stories are told, unravelling and intertwining at the end, it's extremely well done, and the way it was written it could almost have been written as a story for Jane Marple, her involvement seems natural, one of the better non Marple stories that was adapted.

An intelligent, intriguing mystery, beautifully produced and well acted, little to fault. 9/10

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