An all-star cast join Julia McKenzie as the formidable ‘Miss Marple’ in ‘Greenshaw’s Folly’
Filming has commenced on the second of three Miss Marple films with an all-star cast announced by ITV for, ‘Greenshaw’s Folly,‘ adapted by Tim Witnall from the Agatha Christie short stories: Greenshaw’s Folly and The Thumb Mark of St Peter.
Legendary actress Julia McKenzie will reprise her role as Miss Marple and is joined by; Kimberley Nixon (Fresh Meat, Hebburn), Fiona Shaw (True Blood, Harry Potter), Jim Moir (Shooting Stars), Sam Reid (Hatfields & McCoys, Spooks) and Martin Compston (Line of Duty, Sweet Sixteen).
Completing the line up are cast members Robert Glenister (Appropriate Adult, Hustle), Julia Sawalha (Ab Fab, Lark Rise to Candleford), Rufus Jones (Holy Flying Circus, Hunderby), Judy Parfitt (Call the Midwife, Little Dorrit) Gordon Sinclair (Gregory’s Girl) and former musician Matt Jay-Willis.
When Louisa Oxley (Kimberley Nixon), an old family friend, visits Miss Marple on the run one stormy night, our amateur sleuth knows she must help both Louisa and her young son Archie (Bobby Smalldridge) by finding them refuge at the nearby Greenshaw’s Folly.
Miss Marple secures Louisa a secretarial position at the Folly, a shambolic country pile of her dear friend, the eccentric botanist, Miss Greenshaw (Fiona Shaw), the last in a long family line.
However, despite Louisa quickly finding herself with two admirers in the form of gardener Alfred Pollock (Martin Compston) and actor Nat Fletcher (Sam Reid) it soon becomes clear that the labyrinthine Folly isn’t quite the safe house Miss Marple had hoped for.
Death soon begins to cast its dark and sinister shadow, firstly over Walter Cracken (Jim Moir), the Folly’s loyal butler, whose demise appears to be an accident after one wee dram too many…
But worldly-wise Miss Marple is far less convinced than the brusque Inspector Welch (John Gordon Sinclair). And then when Folly guest Horace Bindler (Rufus Jones) goes missing, a dangerous storm seems to be gathering finally bursting to dramatic effect with the gruesome murder of Miss Greenshaw herself.
All are suspects, but none can imagine the secrets, both past and present, which Miss Marple is about to unravel…
Directed by Sarah Harding and produced by Peter McAleese the stories are co-produced by ITV Studios and Agatha Christie Ltd, an Acorn Media Group company and the US network WGBH. Mammoth Screen’s Michele Buck, Damien Timmer and Karen Thrussell executive produce Marple on behalf of ITV Studios. Hilary Strong is executive producer for Agatha Christie Ltd and Rebecca Eaton is executive producer for WGBH.
The new adaptions of, Agatha Christie Miss Marple are currently filming on location in Hertfordshire.and are set to broadcast on ITV in 2013.