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Miss Marple

  • Season 1
  • 4 episodes
  • Drama

Summary

Detective drama series featuring Agatha Christie's unassuming amateur sleuth solving a series of murders.

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Episode 1: The Body in the Library

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.
Recommended

Review

Recent Agatha Christie adaptations have tampered with her mysteries and, sometimes, even picked different murderers. But, honestly, why do these writers presume that they know better than the Queen of Crime herself? These BBC versions remain unmatched because they recognise that Christie’s plotting is peerless, so don’t expect any wild and unwelcome deviations. 

In this first case – originally shown 1984 – Joan Hickson makes her debut as the shrewd spinster sleuth, who’s called upon by friend and neighbour Dolly Bantry (Gwen Watford) after the body of a platinum blonde is found in her library. Amid the twists, see if you can spot an early screen appearance by Trudie Styler, aka Mrs Sting. 

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Credits

Cast

rolename
Miss MarpleJoan Hickson
Mrs BantryGwen Watford
Colonel BantryMoray Watson
LorrimerValentine Dyall
MaryKarin Foley
Col MelchettFrederick Jaeger
Det Inspector SlackDavid Horovitch
Det Constable LakeIan Brimble
Sir Henry ClitheringRaymond Francis
Conway JeffersonAndrew Cruickshank
Adelaide JeffersonCiaran Madden
EdwardsJohn Moffatt
Raymond StarrJess Conrad
Josie TurnerTrudie Styler
Basil BlakeAnthony Smee
Mr PrescottHugh Walters
Dinah LeeDebbie Arnold
Ruby KeeneSally Jane Jackson
Mark GaskellKeith Drinkel
Hugo McLeanMartyn Read
Peter CarmodyAndrew Downer
MalcolmColin Higgins
PC PalkJohn Bardon
Mrs PalkAnne Rutter
WPCSarah Whitlock
BridgetKathleen Breck
George BartlettArthur Bostrom
Pamela ReeveAstra Sheridan
Major ReeveStephen Churchett
Mr BroganSidney Livingstone
Florrie SmallKaren Seacombe

Crew

rolename
DirectorSilvio Narizzano
ProducerGuy Slater
WriterTR Bowen

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  • Episode 1

    The Body in the Library

    - , Alibi

    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.
    Recommended

    Review

    Recent Agatha Christie adaptations have tampered with her mysteries and, sometimes, even picked different murderers. But, honestly, why do these writers presume that they know better than the Queen of Crime herself? These BBC versions remain unmatched because they recognise that Christie’s plotting is peerless, so don’t expect any wild and unwelcome deviations. 

    In this first case – originally shown 1984 – Joan Hickson makes her debut as the shrewd spinster sleuth, who’s called upon by friend and neighbour Dolly Bantry (Gwen Watford) after the body of a platinum blonde is found in her library. Amid the twists, see if you can spot an early screen appearance by Trudie Styler, aka Mrs Sting. 

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour | SUB | AD

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Miss MarpleJoan Hickson
    Mrs BantryGwen Watford
    Colonel BantryMoray Watson
    LorrimerValentine Dyall
    MaryKarin Foley
    Col MelchettFrederick Jaeger
    Det Inspector SlackDavid Horovitch
    Det Constable LakeIan Brimble
    Sir Henry ClitheringRaymond Francis
    Conway JeffersonAndrew Cruickshank
    Adelaide JeffersonCiaran Madden
    EdwardsJohn Moffatt
    Raymond StarrJess Conrad
    Josie TurnerTrudie Styler
    Basil BlakeAnthony Smee
    Mr PrescottHugh Walters
    Dinah LeeDebbie Arnold
    Ruby KeeneSally Jane Jackson
    Mark GaskellKeith Drinkel
    Hugo McLeanMartyn Read
    Peter CarmodyAndrew Downer
    MalcolmColin Higgins
    PC PalkJohn Bardon
    Mrs PalkAnne Rutter
    WPCSarah Whitlock
    BridgetKathleen Breck
    George BartlettArthur Bostrom
    Pamela ReeveAstra Sheridan
    Major ReeveStephen Churchett
    Mr BroganSidney Livingstone
    Florrie SmallKaren Seacombe

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorSilvio Narizzano
    ProducerGuy Slater
    WriterTR Bowen
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