Olivier award-winning actress Julia McKenzie returns as Britain’s much-loved spinster sleuth, Miss Marple, in the first of three new films for ITV1.
Adapted by comedian, author and actor Charlie Higson, who has a cameo as the unassuming American Ornithologist James Bond, A Caribbean Mystery will star Robert Webb (Fresh Meat, Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look), Montserrat Lombard (Ashes to Ashes, Roman’s Empire, Love Soup), Daniel Rigby (Eric & Ernie, One Man Two Guvnors), Hermione Norris (A Mother’s Son, Bouquet of Barbed Wire, Spooks), MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga, White Heat, Blackout), Warren Brown (Good Cop, Luther), Oliver Ford Davies (Game of Thrones, Star Wars, The Way We Live Now), Sir Antony Sher (The Shadow Line, Henry III, Shakespeare in Love), Alastair Mackenzie (Black Mirror, New Town Killers, Monarch of the Glen), Pippa Bennett Warner (Case Histories, Come Fly With Me), Charity Wakefield (Leaving, Sense & Sensibility), recent graduate Kingsley Ben-Adir and South African actor Anele Matoti.
A Caribbean Mystery finds Miss Marple (Julie McKenzie) very far from St Mary Mead in a lavish hotel on the tropical island of St. Honore.
However, the Golden Palms resort proves itself to be far from the heavenly retreat it first seemed, when fellow guest Major Palgrave (Oliver Ford Davies) dies shortly after his arrival, following an evening of exotic food, Planter’s Punch, and a specially arranged “Voodoo show”… Miss Marple alone is unconvinced by the “official” verdict that Palgrave died from a heart attack, and recruits the curmudgeonly business tycoon, Jason Rafiel (Sir Antony Sher), to be her reluctant sidekick. Together they unpick a web of deceit and “dark magic”.
Despite Miss Marple’s conviction that another murder is imminent, the local police chief, Inspector Daventry (Anele Matoti), stubbornly refuses to take this sweet-natured spinster seriously. That is until the brutal deaths of a hotel maid and a second guest.
Suddenly every one of the hotel’s intriguing guests and its owners, Tim (Robert Webb) and Molly Kendall (Charity Wakefield), becomes a suspect, and it is left to Agatha Christie’s iconic detective to unravel the truth, and apprehend this paradise island’s dangerous killer.
Filmed on location in South Africa for four weeks, A Caribbean Mystery is directed by Charlie Palmer (Death in Paradise, Lark Rise to Candleford, Doctor Who) and produced by Peter McAleese (Unknown, The Flood and Doomsday) who has just completed filming Serena directed by Oscar Winner Susanne Bier and starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.