Watching Agatha Christie
A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie has been adapted for the screen many times – Helen Hayes played Marple in the 1983 Warner Bros film. It’s a personal favourite of mine and I could watch it again and again!
Joan Hickson appeared as Marple in the 1989 episode as part of the series she films and there is also a french adaptation as part of the ‘Les Petits Meurtes d’Agatha’.
The ITV Marple series also filmed a feature-length episode and is Season 6 Episode 1 starring Julia McKenzie as Miss Marple and its another good adaptation well worth watching.
A Caribbean Mystery Character List
|Admiral Wicklow||Typical ex-military gent full of tall tales like Major Palgrave|
|Arthur Jackson||Mr Rafiel’s valet|
|Big Jim Ellis||The father of Victoria’s two children|
|Canon Jermey Prescot||Clergyman and brother of Joan on holiday|
|Captain Flemming||Typical ex-military gent full of tall tales like Major Palgrave|
|Commander Richardson||Typical ex-military gent full of tall tales like Major Palgrave|
|Daventry||Local islander and friend of Dr Graham|
|Dr Graham||Local doctor at St Honore|
|Dr Robertson||Police surgeon for St Honore|
|Edward Hillingdon||Guest at the hotel and married to Evelyn – a pharmacist|
|Enrico||The chef at the hotel|
|Esther Walters||Mr Rafiel’s secretary|
|Evelyn Hillingdon||Married to Edward|
|General Leroy||Typical ex-military gent full of tall tales like Major Palgrave|
|Georgy Wood||A resident of St Mary Mead who’s ‘mother’ came to visit|
|Gregory Dyson||Guest at the hotel and married to ‘Lucky’ and studier of nature|
|Inspector Weston||Investigating officer for St Honore police|
|Jason Rafiel||Wealthy Englishman and invalid at the hotel|
|Joe Arden||A resident of St Mary Mead who quarrelled with his wife|
|Lady Caroline Wolfe||The first wife of Peter Wolfe who committed suicide and a lady Miss Marple compares Esther Walters to|
|Leslie James||Another lady Miss Marple thinks of when considering Esther Walters’ character – Leslie James sold up and left St Mary Mead without ever telling anyone|
|Lucky Dyson (nee Miss Greatorex)||Gregory’s American wife|
|Major Harper||A man Miss Marple considers when thinking of what she knew about Colonel Hillingdon – little was known about Peter Wolfe and then one day he killed himself|
|Major Palgrave||Elderly soldier on holiday and victim|
|Marleen||Girl to whom Miss Marple compares Lucky Dyson, she was employed at The Three Crowns in St Mary Mead|
|Miss Joan Prescot||Guest at the hotel and sister of Canon Prescot|
|Molly Kendal||The proprietress of the hotel, married to Tim|
|Mr Murdoch||Butcher at St Mary Mead whom Miss Marple also likens to Gregory Dyson because of his bad reputation|
|Mrs Dyson||Gregory Dyson’s first wife who died quite suddenly|
|Mrs Joe Arden||A resident of St Mary Mead who quarrelled with her husband|
|Mrs Linnett||A resident of St Mary Mead who had a mix up with her cough mix|
|Peter Wolfe||A man whose wife killed herself, used as a reference by Miss Marple when considering the character of Esther Walters|
|Senora de Caspearo||Guest at the hotel from South America|
|Sir George Trollope||man to whom Miss Marple likens Gregory Dyson|
|Tim Kendal||Owner of the hotel at St Honore and married to Molly|
|Victoria Johnson||Maid at the hotel|
|Young Mr Polegate||A resident of St Mary Mead, a young man who displayed ‘odd behaviour’|
Tim Kendal was planning to kill Molly as he only married her for her money. As the Major recognised him as a killer he’s seen before though he would have been suspected and so Tim killed the Major.
Victoria realised about the serenite so had to be killed to keep her silence and finally, Lucky was killed in a case of mistaken identity as Tim thought she was Molly.
Major Polgrave was poisoned – ‘
“They found he’d had a lethal dose of something that only a doctor could pronounce properly. As far as I can remember it sounds vaguely like diflorhexagonalethylcarbenzol. That’s not the right name. But that’s roughly what it sounds like.”
Victoria is stabbed and Lucky Dyson is drowned.