Review of Partners in Crime

60 minutes

It's 1952, and Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, an ordinary married couple, are thrust into a web of international espionage after a chance encounter on a return train from Paris.
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Sep 20, 2015 5:17AM EDT

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This was a huge disappointment for me. I absolutely love other Agatha Christie adaptations, Poirot and Marple, and I thought this would have the same charm, (even though Poirot and Marple are ITV productions, and this is BBC). It did not. The episodes are visually lovely to look at, but I found my attention wandering, and I had to give up halfway through episode 5. I simply had no idea what was going on. I like Jessica Raine and David Walliams, but they have absolutely no chemistry. You just don't believe that they're married and have a child together. I know this was produced as a vehicle for David Walliams who is usually very funny, but he's keeping such a lid on it that you get bored and annoyed with every scene he's in. Maybe Tommy Beresford is supposed to come across as a bumbling idiot who doesn't want to solve crimes. It seems like they cast Raine solely because she looks good and has experience working on a show set in the 50's, (Call the Midwife). She's not bad, she is very nearly charming, but it's so jarring how mismatched she and Walliams are! "Jessica Raine was chosen for her ability to move between drama and humour" it says on Wikipedia, but this show lacks humor. It's not charming, it's not fun. It's just boring. I am super disappointed.


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