Posted: 06/06/2009


Six By Agatha: Six 90-Minute Mysteries Featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple


by Del Harvey

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With grey cells firing and knitting needles clicking, Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) and Miss Marple (Julia McKenzie) star in Six by Agatha, a half-dozen whodunits by perhaps the most popular mystery author of all time, Agatha Christie.

On June 21, 2009 at 9pm, Hercule Poirot: Cat Among the Pigeons
Something is amiss at Meadowbank School for Girls, where hidden rubies, kidnapping, and murder disrupt the term.

On June 28, 2009 at 9pm, Hercule Poirot: Mrs. McGinty’s Dead
A man is about to hang for a brutal murder. But did he do it? After learning about 30-year-old homicides, Poirot concludes a ghost from the past has returned.

On July 5, 2009 at 9pm, Miss Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye
A killer who seems obsessed with a nursery rhyme commits a string of murders. Miss Marple and a local detective (Matthew Macfadyen) join forces to investigate.

On July 12, 2009 at 9pm, Miss Marple: Murder is Easy
Miss Marple investigates a string of “accidents” after a woman on a train tells her about murders in a local village. Benedict Cumberbatch co-stars.

On July 19, 2009 at 9pm, Miss Marple: They Do it With Mirrors
During rehearsal for an amateur show a murder occurs, and Miss Marple must decipher the elaborate conjuring trick played by the killer. Joan Collins co-stars.

On July 26, 2009 at 9pm, Miss Marple: Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?
The last words of a dying man lead the sole witness and a socialite to investigate. Miss Marple joins them as they land in a hotbed of homicide and intrigue.

Altogether, they are six 90-minute mysteries, airing on PBS Sunday evenings beginning June 21 through July 26, 2009. All times shown above Eastern. Check your local listings for showtimes.

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.

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