Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)


Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)


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Agatha Christie's Marple: Sleeping Murder 9pm, ITV1

NOW, WE don't watch Agatha Christie adaptations for the blood and swearing.

We want hamminess, stating-the-obvious dialogue and a side plate of eccentricity.

Plus, the cast of this latest production - jam-packed with familiar faces - plainly had a smashing time rifling through the ITV post-war dressing-up box.

Geraldine McEwan (right) reprises her role as geriatric gumshoe Jane Marple, this time assisting a young lady called Gwenda (Sophia Myles) who experiences unpleasant, dead-body-discovering dej- vu in her new home. But has she in fact been there before?

Gwenda's best chum, Hugh (Aidan McArdle), and local copper DI Primer (Russ Abbot) are also on hand to help unravel the case, and look mystified/ knowing as the situation dictates.

But the real entertainment comes from a silly subplot added by Stephen Churchett, who adapted the novel, involving an end-of-the-pier theatre troupe: the Funnybones.

You'll recognise Dawn French and Martin Kemp hoofing about on stage, but nothing can prepare you for the sight of normally super-glam Sarah Parrish in a pink party frock, tapdancing and simultaneously playing the xylophone maniacally.

Untaxing stuff. But if it isn't a ratings-magnet, call Miss Marple. - IR


Enduring Love 8pm, Sky Movies 1 (15) (2004). Daniel Craig (right).

Ian McEwan's novel dealing with the bumpy ground of love and obsession is well realised by director Roger Michell (who has much to answer for after making Notting Hill). Craig is the rational scientist stalked by the unhinged Rhys Ifans, a religious zealot who takes Craig's every action as a reciprocation of his love. They were brought together by a freak ballooning accident that Craig finds impossible not to mull over, while Ifans takes it as Divine intervention. …

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