Mild spoilers ahead - I won't reveal whodunnit or whohaditduntoem, but I will tell you a little of what the Beresfords do in this story.
Still reading? Without giving too much away, then, Tommy and Tuppence go undercover, independently, at a bed and breakfast on the Norfolk coast. The inhabitants are a mixed bunch.
|Carter should stick to suits. The tortoise look doesn't do much for him.|
The differences between the female inhabitants are subtle, but still there. Mrs Minton and Sheila Perenna (the landlady) both have a bohemian look, but while Minton is arty almost in a Bloomsbury way, Perenna's style looks forward to the 1960s. Change that tartan of her cape for Welsh tapestry and that cape would be jolly 1960s indeed.
|Two sorts of bohemian.|
|If Tommy were a car, he'd always be in neutral gear...|
When she goes undercover, Tuppence becomes a much more glamorous creature. I like her everyday clothing, but she really pulls out all the stops when she's trying to winkle out secrets. That little lacy blouse and full skirt are a far cry from her pencil skirts and nonfraternal twin sets. Even her hair gets bigger, which is Mr Robot's number one sign of 'Girl who's been bitten by a vampire in a cheesy movie'.
That said, Tuppence packed her bags at home and flounced out - I find it hard to believe she had these little numbers just sitting round at home. Especially her ball dress and long leopard coat. And that dress, by the way, is TOO SHORT. I know people nowadays would wear ballerina-length dresses to a formal event, but I can remember even back in the 1980s if a woman turned up at a military ball in anything other than floor-length all the way round, there would be WORDS. As someone my mum knew discovered. Lovely as it is, there's no way Tuppence would have got away with that in 1952.
Ah Mim, you're too picky. Look at that red suit. LOOK AT IT. The leopard print at the neckline, and matching leopard cuffs on the boots, are wonderful. Some people might say the matching coat is a step too far, but if you're going to go for scarlet and leopard, you might as well do it properly.
Anyway, like the bitten girl, once the forces of evil are defeated and she's in the arms of her true love, Tuppence returns to her nice-lass ways, complete with one of her bizarre hats. I do hope we see her and Tommy on screen again next year.