CBC Television keeps the winter blues away with four great movies-of-the-week, beginning with a Valentine’s gift-the family film BOOKY’S CRUSH, Sunday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. (All four movies begin at 8 p.m.)
Set in Toronto during the 1930s, BOOKY’S CRUSH is based on the Depression-era reminiscences of former department store clerk Bernice Thurman Hunter, who had her first book published in 1981, when she was a grandmother. It’s a new grade at school and 11-year-old Beatrice “Booky” Thomson (Rachel Marcus) and her friends have suddenly noticed that boys are interesting. And for Booky, the new boy she’s tutoring, Georgie Dunlop (Connor Price) holds special allure. When her teacher Mr. Spencer (Albert Schultz) announces an upcoming dance, it’s all she can do to contain her infatuation. Booky’s loving and sensible mom Francie (Megan
Follows) guides her gently through her first crush while managing to rekindle her own romance with Booky’s hardworking father Thomas (Stuart Hughes).
On Feb. 22, A POCKET FULL OF RYE stars Julie McKenzie as Miss Jane Marple, taking over the role of Agatha Christie’s famous spinster sleuth from Geraldine McEwan, who appeared in a dozen Marple films. In A POCKET FULL OF RYE, Miss Marple learns of the deaths of businessman Rex Fortescue (Kenneth Cranham), his young wife Adele (Anna Madeley), and their housemaid Gladys (Rose Heiney), which vividly recall the nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence. With her mischievously beguiling manner Miss Marple draws vital clues from the faithful house staff that allow her to make sense of the rhyme and at last reveal the truth!
DIVERTED telecasts on March 8 and is a fictional story inspired by what happened to the people of Gander, Newfoundland and the passengers on the planes on Sept. 11, 2001, when the Federal Aviation Authority shut down the skies over the United States. Suddenly, more than 200 aircraft flying over the Atlantic at the time had to find a new place to land.
WHY DIDN’T THEY ASK EVANS? is a superb classic Miss Marple thriller, a tale of murder, suspense, intrigue and poisonous deceit that telecasts on March 22. As the sole witness to a dying man’s enigmatic last words, would-be young adventurer Bobby Attfield (Sean Biggerstaff) is determined to solve the riddle and forms an unlikely alliance with a beautiful socialite Frankie Derwent (Georgia Moffett) and visiting family friend Miss Marple (Julie McKenzie). But, when someone tries to kill Bobby, they realize a murderer is at large, and a trail of clues
leads them to a castle and its strange inhabitants. Natalie Dormer (The Tudors) and Samantha Bond (Die Another Day) also co-star.