Sunday, February 05, 2006

Geraldine McEwan is not Miss Marple

Joan Hickson is.

I am trying to watch Sleeping Murder on ITV, but it's just not right.

8 comments:

Will said...

I quite agree. I watched the first McEwan one last year and didn't approve. I've tuned in this evening because the Hickson adaptation of Sleeping Murder was one of my great childhood scares. I'd like to see how the finale of this version - with its too many celebrity guest stars - compares.

Iain Dale said...

Jonathan, we are at one. I've been forced to put on a DVD of Hitler: The Rise of Evil. And Robert Carlyle ain't much better than Gerladine McEwan...

Cllr David Morton said...

I did enjoy the first run of these but I agree about Joan Hickson. The BBC Miss Marple adaptions were an important part of my childhood and seeing another actress in the role, well its like fiddling with gravity or the weather or some such other deep principle of the universe.

Femme de Resistance said...

I prefer Geraldine. She makes Miss Marple a much more cheery, sweet, natural and 'human' character - it's far more understandable how she's developed such an excellent comprehension of human behaviour so she can solve murders.

Alex Wilcock said...

My other half particularly enjoys Miss Marple, so he was enthusiastic about new versions and sat grim-faced through the handful of Geraldine McEwans last year. After giving them a go, he felt so hostile that he wouldn’t even watch last night’s. He’s recently bought a box set of the Joan Hickson DVDs, so we spent much of the weekend watching The Body in the Library and The Moving Finger instead. Even I was quite drawn in, and he’s been humming the magnificent tune (the organist at our parish church used it play it to warm up for mass when I was young. Maybe he didn’t like Father Peters). I quite like the Margaret Rutherford ‘camp old nonsense’, but I have to admit that Joan Hickson’s interpretation of her as ‘insufferable old bat’ is definitive (ask anyone in Wivenhoe). Added to that, ‘Marple’ is a place a stout walk from where I grew up, not a proper series title. It's just plain rude without a genteel ‘Miss’ in front.

Will said...

Returning having seen the end: what a disappointment. No monkey hands, no spooky house, no water in the eyes. Just the protagonists sitting around talking for the last twenty minutes.

Bring back Freddie Treves.

Richard Coxon said...

I agree, Joan Hickson is the real Miss Marple. I asked for the BBC DVD box set for Christmas, but got two of the ITV ones, and so watched them out of curiosity. Not impressed. Not just for changing the endings, not just for the lashings of Lesbian Sex to keep the viewer "interested", but just because Miss Marple was too young, too "knowing" ... ugh. And the casting was appallingly badly done. Once again I'm so glad that we can only get BBC1 and BBC2 in Belgium!

Anonymous said...

I couldn't help thinking the same while I was watching. But then I suppose there comes a time when actors, familiar and comfortable in their established roles, are unable to continue and have to be replaced. The trick is to change in such a way so as not to upset the fans and to choose a new leader, errr... I mean actor, who can retain the exsiting following and capture a whole new one.

A lesson for the party there I think.