Saturday, 1 August 2015


[Revised September 13, 2015] Robert Vasseur, the estranged husband of Alice Avril, is accused of having murdered the old Miss Mac Ginty to steal her savings. He seeks help from his reluctant wife, who's quite embarrassed because Commissaire Laurence is on the case.  

Marlène is torn between her loyalty to her boss and her friendship with Alice. Laurence rapidly books Robert but also Avril as his accomplice.

 « Mais on vous a jamais dit que vous lui ressembliez?
- Au commissaire?  
- Mais non. À Marilyn Monroe.  » 

Les petits meurtres d'Agatha Christie returns to "cruise control" following the roller coaster ride of Pension Vanilos, with an excellent adaptation of the Hercule Poirot novel Mrs McGinty's dead by scriptwriter Thierry Debroux. After Élodie Frenck (Marlène) last week, it's the turn of Blandine Bellavoir (Alice) to impress, especially in the commissariat cell scene. Directed by Éric Woreth, Mademoiselle Mac Ginty est morte feels like an episode of the Larosière/Lampion era.

Swan Laurence tries to save Alice from the guillotine but an encounter with a psychoanalyst brings back a painful childhood memory. An annoying caretaker and the fiancee of an influent politician are under the charm of the commissaire. Marlène shows she can "fall well" (« C'était très bien Marlène. Vous tombez merveilleusement bien. ») and she's courted by the son of one of the residents of the building where the victim lived. Samuel Labarthe always looks like he's having great fun playing the uber charismatic and tongue-in-cheek Laurence.

« Dites moi, Avril. Vous ne seriez pas enceinte par hasard? Vous vous imaginez? Avec un gosse en plus...  »  

Swiss channel RTS Un aired Mademoiselle Mac Ginty est morte yesterday ahead of French pubcaster France 2. François Godart returns as Alice's editor-in-chief Robert Jourdeuil. Dominique Thomas plays Commissaire divisionnaire Tricard. Arnaud Perron (Robert Vasseur), Gilian Petrovski (Michael Doutremont), Christine Brücher (Louise Doutremont), Serge Riaboukine (Leopold Santini), Jeanne Bournaud (Hélène Schmit), Eleonore Joncquez (Régine Molon) guest star in this episode. The characters of Laurence, Avril and Marlène were created by Sylvie Simon and Thierry Debroux.

Les petits meurtres d'Agatha Christie is produced by Sophie Révil for Escazal Films with Pictanovo (Witnesses), Conseil Régional Nord-Pas-de-Calais and the participation of France Télévisions, TV5 Monde and RTS Radio Télévision Suisse. The beloved big budget series returns on France 2 at the end of the month.

« Je vous déteste. Je... Je vous déteste! » 

See also: (Pension Vanilos (Un meurtre est-il facile?

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