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The Body in the Library

The Body in the Library

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Review

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.

Summary

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 & Crew

Miss Marple Joan Hickson
Mrs Bantry Gwen Watford
Colonel Bantry Moray Watson
Lorrimer Valentine Dyall
Mary 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
Edwards 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
Malcolm Colin Higgins
PC Palk John Bardon
Mrs Palk Anne Rutter
WPC Sarah Whitlock
Bridget Kathleen Breck
George Bartlett Arthur Bostrom
Pamela Reeve Astra Sheridan
Major Reeve Stephen Churchett
Mr Brogan Sidney Livingstone
Florrie Small Karen Seacombe
Director Silvio Narizzano
Producer Guy Slater
Writer TR Bowen
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