Tuesday, July 11, 2006

"'Shakespeare' wasn't written by Shakespeare but by another man with the same name." -Mark Twain

That's the key to enjoying the latest round of Agatha Christie's Jane Marple mysteries on the PBS "Mystery" series. These programmes aren't based upon the novels of the Agatha Christie who wrote mystery novels and stories in the first part of the 20th century. This is a different woman with the same name who also wrote about a character named Jane Marple.

Once you realize the two authors have very little else in common, it's easy to settle down and enjoy the new productions. Well, O.K., you also have to ignore the anachronisms and the not terribly subtle political agendum. But that shouldn't be too difficult; it's every where else here in the land of the pc -- you should be used to it by now. Once you've adjusted your "willing suspension of disbelief" settings to include intrusions from the fatuous assumptions of 2006, it's really quite an enjoyable series.