Yes, you know how this one’s going to go: More than Marple! Well, more in the sense of ‘lots of other fussy old suburban dears’ admittedly, but a body of work’s a body of work, and if the body in the library takes the lion’s share of the public’s attention, that’s a crime most foul. So let’s hear it for her getting het up about knickers in Carry On Girls, looking repulsed in Doctor in Love, and fussing and fretting all the way through The Card. The Consummate British Housewife. We salute you, Mrs H!
FINEST HOUR: The daffy old vox pop dear with the washing machine problem in delightful palate-clearing social satire Heavens Above!