Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime – Tommy & Tuppence, Set 2 [VHS]

March 3, 2015 - Comment

Agatha Christie creations Tommy and Tuppence Beresford gave rise to other guy-and-gal crime-solving couples. Think Nick and Nora Charles of “The Thin Man”, for example, and “Hart to Hart”. But the Beresfords had it right the first time, flitting about 1920s England, trading tart repartee and discovering “who dun it.” Christie introduced readers to these

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Agatha Christie creations Tommy and Tuppence Beresford gave rise to other guy-and-gal crime-solving couples. Think Nick and Nora Charles of “The Thin Man”, for example, and “Hart to Hart”. But the Beresfords had it right the first time, flitting about 1920s England, trading tart repartee and discovering “who dun it.” Christie introduced readers to these upper-class sleuths more than 75 years ago; decades later, their panache and prickly wit, nicely captured by Francesca Annis and James Warwick, delighted viewers of “Mystery”! In Set 2, the classiest “twofer” in the history of sleuthing, continue to solve mysteries in their distinctively stylish way. Together they give their all to solving “The Sunningdale Mystery,” “The Ambassador’s Boots,” “The Man in the Mist,” “The Case of the Missing Lady,” “The Unbreakable Alibi,” and “The Crackler.” 5 hours 24 min. on 3 cassettes.Tommy and Tuppence stars James Warwick and Francesca Annis as Agatha Christie’s husband-and-wife team of detectives. Together they zoom around 1920’s England in a very posh car and solve all kinds of high-society crimes, from forgery at an exclusive nightclub to the mysterious disappearance of an Arctic explorer’s fiancée. The show benefits from two charming lead performances and some wonderful period details–Annis seems to change her hat and her dress every 30 seconds–but it is at best only moderately entertaining. The years have not been kind to this type of mystery, in which murder is the equivalent of an especially tricky crossword puzzle, offering the amateur sleuths an opportunity to avoid boredom and have a terribly thrilling time. Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple survive, both in print and on film, because the central characters are interesting enough to make us forgive weak plotting and a lack of depth, but Tommy and Tuppence don’t have the staying power of Christie’s more famous creations. Their adventures are fun in small doses, and if you’re in the mood for some witty repartee, but otherwise this series is little more than a quaint relic of a bygone age. –Simon Leake

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F. Behrens "Frank Behrens" says:

Not quite as good as Poirot but fine on its own terms Thank goodness for Acorn Media, which has given us the Wimsey mysteries on tapes and DVD, the longer Poirots on DVD and the shorter ones on tape. With the arrival of “Partners in Crime” (AMP 5017), there lacks only the 12th boxed set of Poirots to more or less complete the Christie cycle as it exists on this label. (It is A&E who has begun to issue the Marple mysteries on DVD and a few of the more recent Poirots.) The best thing about this “Tommy & Tuppence:…

Themis-Athena says:

An enjoyable romp through the swinging 1920s’ London. “The Secret Adversary” and the short story collection “Partners in Crime” (both from 1922) were Agatha Christie’s second and third-ever book, but their quirky protagonists, Tommy and “Tuppence” (Prudence) Beresford, were not to share the eventful career of their colleague Hercule Poirot, who had debuted two years earlier with “The Mysterious Affair at Styles;” nor that of Christie’s almost equally well-loved (and personal favorite) village sleuth Miss Marple, whose first adventure (“Murder at…

Kindle Customer "book bear" says:

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