Let me start this entry by telling you that I thought for sure I had already written about this terrific television series. This entry is about the original Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime: The Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries which was made in the 1980s. It is a totally delightful series full of witty dialog, absolutely gorgeous and sumptuous wardrobe, and very good mysteries.
There are eleven episodes that follow the private detective duo comprised of Tommy and Tuppence. They are all based on Agatha Christie‘s Tommy & Tuppence mystery novels. I will admit to not being a fan of this series of Christie mystery novels but I love this television series. If I were to pick just two words to describe this mystery series. I would say “fun romp”.
The series starts out with Tommy & Tuppence reuniting after WWI. (No spoilers here->>> so I won’t divulge too much!) The series takes place during the 1920s, which means that Tuppence is able to wear flapper-type attire, including beautiful hats and dresses. Francesca Annis portrays Tuppence, and she’s terrific! Her portrayal brings a young exuberance to Tuppence. She makes us believe she is Tuppence, and we can see how Tuppence is a force to be reckoned with.
James Warwick portrays Tommy. At first I wasn’t quite sure if he would be convincing as someone Tuppence would enjoy being with, but by the end of the first episode, I knew he was perfect as Tommy.
Tommy and Tuppence take over the Blunt’s International Detective Agency after both Tommy & Tuppence were left unemployed after the Great War. The series was made during the 1980s – so don’t expect today’s production values. Although it lacks the bells and whistles of today’s television shows, it is a very superior television series.
My husband and I both enjoy the (original) Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime: The Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries. I strongly recommend this Cozy Mystery television series. I especially recommend it to fans of the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. These mystery shows have the same delightful, whimsical, fun, joie de vivre as Phryne Fisher’s shows. I should mention there is a more recent series (which will be available on Netflix and is currently available on Acorn). We enjoyed the original series so much that when it’s time to revisit Tommy and Tuppence, we plan on staying with this version.
This series is available on Netflix in disc format. It is also available on Acorn.
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