Miss Marple

Series 1 - 1. The Body in the Library

The Body in the Library
Radio Times
Review by:
David Brown

After appearing on stage in an adaptation of Appointment with Death, Joan Hickson received a note from Agatha Christie that read, “I hope one day you will play my dear Miss Marple.”

Thirty-eight years later, she made her debut as the spinster sleuth in what are still the definitive adaptations of those classic whodunnits. Today, we have that first case from 1984, in which a dead body is found at Gossington Hall (“A platinum blonde! In Dolly Bantry’s library!”) in the village of St Mary Mead. As ever, Miss Marple soon comes to outwit the cloddish Chief Inspector Slack, who more than lives up to his name.

About this programme

1/12. Feature-length episode of the drama. A couple wake up to find a strangled corpse on the hearthrug in their library - but help is at hand in the diminutive form of venerable amateur sleuth Miss Marple, who just happens to live next door. She agrees to investigate but, as her inquiries get under way, another body is discovered. Joan Hickson, Gwen Watford and Moray Watson star.

Cast and crew


Miss Marple
Joan Hickson
Mrs Bantry
Gwen Watford
Colonel Bantry
Moray Watson
Valentine Dyall
Karin Foley
Col Melchett
Frederick Jaeger
Det Inspector Slack
David Horovitch
Det Constable Lake
Ian Brimble
Sir Henry Clithering
Raymond Francis
Conway Jefferson
Andrew Cruickshank
Adelaide Jefferson
Ciaran Madden
John Moffatt
Raymond Starr
Jess Conrad
Josie Turner
Trudie Styler
Basil Blake
Anthony Smee
Mr Prescott
Hugh Walters
Dinah Lee
Debbie Arnold
Ruby Keene
Sally Jane Jackson
Mark Gaskell
Keith Drinkel
Hugo McLean
Martyn Read
Peter Carmody
Andrew Downer
Colin Higgins
PC Palk
John Bardon
Mrs Palk
Anne Rutter
Sarah Whitlock
Kathleen Breck
George Bartlett
Arthur Bostrom
Pamela Reeve
Astra Sheridan
Major Reeve
Stephen Churchett
Mr Brogan
Sidney Livingstone
Florrie Small
Karen Seacombe


Silvio Narizzano
Guy Slater
TR Bowen