4.50 from Paddington (BBC Radio Collection: Crimes and Thrillers)

by Agatha Christie | Plays & Scripts |
ISBN: 0563524294 Global Overview for this book
Registered by AgnesXNitt of Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on 5/9/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by AgnesXNitt from Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 09, 2012
'A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring June Whitfield as the deceptively mild spinster sleuth.
Elspeth McGillicuddy is down from Scotland for a holiday and boards the 4.50 train from Paddington station to visit her friend, Miss Marple. During the journey, another train pulls alongside, and through the window Mrs McGillicuddy witnesses a tall, dark man strangling a blonde woman.
She reports what she has seen, yet no one takes any notice. There is no record of any murder, no dead woman found on any train, and the police have no record of any persons reported missing that match the description given by Mrs McGillicuddy.
Only Miss Marple believes her account, and realising that the body must have been thrown off the train, with the help of maps and train timetables she pinpoints the exact spot where the body must be.
With the help of her young friend, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, she goes about the tricky task of uncovering the murder - and a cunning murderer...
Agatha Christie's intricate mystery is dramatised with a full cast including Ian Lavender as Inspector Craddock, Joan Sims as Mrs McGillicuddy and Susannah Harker as Lucy Eyelesbarrow.'

Journal Entry 2 by AgnesXNitt at Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Monday, May 14, 2012
The thing about a BBC Radio 4 dramatisation is that you know its going to be good, well cast, appropriate sounds from the seemingly bottomless Radiophonic library (I imagine that its housed in a redundant TARDIS...), abridged without cutting the plot or the listener short of an enjoyable listening experience and produced to a very high standard.
June Whitfield is a very good and convincing Miss Jane Marple, and this is one of my favourite Miss Marple stories :) Across the 90 minutes and 2 CDs Agatha Christie weaves her spellbinding charms over a story involving murder, a missing body, a family with issues by the lorry load to whip the story to a froth and the marvellous request to Lucy Eyelesbarrow from Miss Marple: 'I want you to find a body!' in a tone more suited to the query 'More tea, Vicar?'!
An excellent listen - possibly ring material, but PC for now :)

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