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Heavens, this series of the new Miss Marple adaptations is much better than the last. I think Geraldine McEwan is all wrong for Miss Marple, but in this series they seem to have totally sidelined her - or at least chosen books in which she doesn't play a central role. Not that they're really sticking to the books, of course - usually deviation from a source text drives me insane, but for some reason I don't mind it at all here.

And what really makes this series better is the fact that stylistically, they're totally camping it up. Both the first one and tonight's episode have been shot in a sort of pseudo '50s style which I love - it's all glorious technicolour, the lighting is really stylised and when someone drives they do so in front of a blatantly obvious projection. It looks fantastic, and adds a layer of retro camp that prevents comparisons with the Joan Hickson version. A very pleasant surprise (although Chairman Meow doesn't seem to be enjoying it much, as she keeps walking around on top of me, kneading me with her paws).

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blue_monday
Feb. 12th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
I'm relying on them repeating Miss Marple at some point when I can actually watch it, and I'm glad to hear they're better than the last ones.

Chairman Meow??
stellanova
Feb. 12th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
It's just Ju Ju's new nickname, not a new cat - alas!
blue_monday
Feb. 12th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)
Hee! I suspected as much but was almost envisioning JuJu having a standoff with a new cat, especially with what you've said about her with the local cats.
seriouspenguin
Feb. 13th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
Oh, those sound fun! Hopefully they'll replay them in the US at some point. With the Agatha Christie adaptations they usually wind up on Mystery! on PBS.
starfishchick
Feb. 13th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
I have not forgotten my promise of 'The Wakefields of Sweet Valley', I just haven't found the box it's in, yet! :)
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