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Posted by JohnGammon (U2432218) on Wednesday, 30th March 2011
I wonder if anyone else got a bit tetchy this morning at the end of the Today programme over Evan Davis' reference to "Ben Affleck's wife" being discussed as the next Miss Marple, only after that mentioning the actor's name - Jennifer Garner. Shades of the Guardian's old Naked Ape column I think. She's had quite a full career and I don't see why she shouldn't be able to play the part. (I also think Justin Webb slipped in a remark about it just before the pips at 9.)
Posted by JermeriClart (U14480026) on Wednesday, 30th March 2011
Good point about her name...but the issue was that she seemd far too young and glamorous to play Miss Marple, they thought.
Posted by JohnGammon (U2432218) on Thursday, 31st March 2011
Yes, JermeriClart, you're right, that was the issue under discussion. I just thought that one reference was a bit demeaning to Jennifer Garner, that's all, as though we wouldn't know who she was without mentioning her hubby. On the age issue though, nobody thought Glenda Jackson couldn't play the older Elizabeth R. I suspect the whole discussion might have stemmed from snobbery against the US.
Posted by becky sharp (U4544768) on Thursday, 31st March 2011
but the issue was that she seemd far too young and glamorous to play Miss Marple, they thought.
I heard on another radio programme that the thinking behind a young Miss Marple is due to fact that the updated Sherlock shown recently with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman was a big success not only over here but in the USA too.
I agree about the name point,too.
Posted by Joe K (U5367586) on Thursday, 31st March 2011
File under 'Ooh, get *her*', and forget...
Posted by William Stevenson (U14099826) on Thursday, 31st March 2011
"updated Sherlock shown recently with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman..."
Yes, that was rubbish as well, rather like the updated, made-more-relevant, Italian Job. There is indeed no need for Holmes to be tied down to the Victorian age, Baker Strret, Dr Watson or even to being a deductive detective. Why not portray him staring incessantly at a mobile phone while jumping out of a helicopter?
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