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Miss Marple TV adaptations got her age wrong this whole time, according to Agatha Christie’s grandson

The Miss Marple character we saw on screen was much livelier according to James (Picture: ITV)

Viewers remember Miss Jane Marple as a frail old lady in her 70s due to her multiple appearances on the small screen, but according to Agatha Christie’s grandson, the TV icon is actually younger than we think.

The writer, who died aged 85 from natural causes in 1976, was famous for her collection of short stories, particularly those revolving around fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

Although her character was described as a ‘white-haired old lady with a gentle, appealing manner’, Christie’s great-grandson James Prichard doesn’t agree with the choice of description.

Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, he said: ‘She’s certainly portrayed in the books slightly differently than on TV. I don’t think she’s as old as we’ve portrayed her.

‘It’s quite an interesting concept of age. I think she’s far more lively and physically able.

‘I think we could make quite a good case for Miss Marple in the books being in her 60s, rather than her 70s or 80s,’ he added.

Geraldine McEwan played Miss Marple from 2004 to 2008 (Picture: ITV)

Prichard, who is currently the CEO of Agatha Christie Limited, is planning to bring the iconic character back to the screen after ten years, however, Miss Marple will be full of energy and in her 60s.

‘There are plans and we are in discussions. I’m desperate to see her back again,’ he added.

The murder mysteries pulled in 10million viewers in more than 100 countries, the author’s stage play The Mousetrap is the world’s longest-running theatre production.

The late Joan Hickson, who was 78 when she first played Miss Marple in 1984 to 1992, received two BAFTA nominations and an OBE for her memorable portrayal.

The ‘elderly spinster’ has lived on through the years with Geraldine McEwan playing the titular role from 2004 to 2008, and Julia McKenzie was her replacement from 2009 to 2013.


Credit: Original article published here.

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