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Miss Marple: A Pocket Full Of Rye

Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his 'counting house' when he suffered an agonising and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals.

Yet, it was the incident in the parlour which confirmed Miss Marple's suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme -

Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye;
Four and twenty blackbirds, Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened, The birds began to sing;
Was not that a dainty dish, To set before the King?
The king was in his counting-house, Counting out his money;
The queen was in the parlour, Eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden, Hanging out the clothes,
There came a little blackbird, And snapped off her nose.



Episode Info


Episode number: 1x4
Airdate: Thursday March 07th, 1985

Director: Guy Slater
Writer: T.R. Bowen
Story: Agatha Christie


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Guest Stars
Annette BadlandAnnette Badland
As Gladys Martin
Charles PembertonCharles Pemberton
As Sergeant Rose
Clive MerrisonClive Merrison
As Percival Fortescue
Fabia DrakeFabia Drake
As Miss Henderson
Frances LowFrances Low
As Patricia Fortescue
Frank MillsFrank Mills
As Mr. Crump
Jon GloverJon Glover
As Detective Sergeant Hay
Laurin KaskiLaurin Kaski
As Police Constable White
Martyn StanbridgeMartyn Stanbridge
As Vivian Dubois
Merelina KendallMerelina Kendall
As Mrs. Crump
Peter DavisonPeter Davison
As Lance Fortescue
Rachel BellRachel Bell
As Jennifer Fortescue
Selina CadellSelina Cadell
As Mary Dove
Stacy DorningStacy Dorning
As Adele Fortescue
Timothy WestTimothy West
As Rex Fortescue
Tom WilkinsonTom Wilkinson
As Detective Inspector Neele
Main Cast
David HorovitchDavid Horovitch
As Inspector Slack
Joan HicksonJoan Hickson
As Miss Marple
Warning: Miss Marple season 1 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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