There are a lot of brilliant actresses that have played Aunt Jane in movies and TV programs. Each brought their own personalities yet they still lined up with the character from the book. There have been many remakes of the stories. These two generally followed the books storyline with a few adoptions for the media. We al have favorites.
It is the duty of the industry to try and top the last version. Poetic license can also come into play.
Unfortunately some one rushed this series. Aunt Jane she is supposed to be a person of depth and the catalyst to have others come up with solutions has been replaced with a flighty char lady with no depth and a squeaky voice. The story lines have been stripped to the point that they are like reading a condensed book and you have to guess what when on in-between scenes.
Even if one did not know there was better this series is a waste of time as it has not entertainment value. Everything is spoon fed to you with no mystery. Answers to questions not asked pop out of the ether. And the sets are second rate.
This animal is just not watchable.
I tried again on "Sleeping Murder" and it has the same rushed problem and lacks character. The background music does not match. Much farther away from the written story than the Joan Hickson Aunt Jane version. Has a more of an old Perry mason TV program feel. They should not have changed the story so munch that they have to stench to make ends meet. Once again xxx makes a scrawny unrealistic Aunt Jane who makes great leaps of illogic.