Masterpiece Mystery (1980– )
"Mystery!" (original title)

TV Series  |  Mystery
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.9/10 from 444 users  
Reviews: 1 user

An anthology series featuring various predominately British mystery stories.

0Check in

The 25 Most Immersive Worlds in Cinema

Highly immersive cinematic worlds can carry a movie, and we've rounded up the best of the best.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 26 Apr 2012
a list of 794 titles
created 14 Oct 2013
a list of 48 titles
created 17 Feb 2014

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Masterpiece Mystery (1980– )

Masterpiece Mystery (1980– ) on IMDb 8.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Masterpiece Mystery.

User Polls




9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1   Unknown  
2015   2014   2012   2011   2010   2009   … See all »
3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Masterpiece Classic (TV Series 1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

An anthology drama series featuring primarily British productions.

Stars: Alistair Cooke, Laura Linney, David Bamber
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

At a reception for a fading film star making a screen comeback, a gushing, pushy fan is poisoned by a drink apparently meant for the actress.

Director: Norman Stone
Stars: Joan Hickson, Claire Bloom, Barry Newman
Inspector Lewis (TV Series 2007)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.

Stars: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When Miss Marple is invited to the manor house of an old friend, it is not long before a puzzling murder puts her mind to work.

Director: Norman Stone
Stars: Joan Hickson, Jean Simmons, Joss Ackland
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When a young bride moves into a country manor, long repressed childhood memories of witnessing a murder come to the surface.

Director: John Davies
Stars: Joan Hickson, Geraldine Alexander, John Moulder-Brown
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

During a stay at one of London's most elegant and venerable hotels Miss Marple uncovers a sinister undercurrent of corruption and murder beneath Bertram's stuffy veneer.

Director: Mary McMurray
Stars: Joan Hickson, Caroline Blakiston, Helena Michell
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The residents of a quiet English village begin to receive nasty, threatening letters. The wife of the local vicar calls in her friend Miss Marple to investigate.

Stars: Joan Hickson, Michael Culver, Elizabeth Counsell
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Miss Marple receives a cryptic letter requesting her to right an unknown injustice, but receives no hint other than a ticket for guided tour of historic homes.

Director: David Tucker
Stars: Joan Hickson, Peter Tilbury, Frank Gatliff
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Amateur detective Miss Jane Marple investigates the murder of a young woman whose body is found in the library at Gossington Hall, home of Colonel and Mrs. Arthur Bantry.

Stars: Joan Hickson, Debbie Arnold, John Bardon
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Faced with two false confessions and numerous suspects after a despised civil magistrate is found shot in the local vicarage, Detective Inspector Slack reluctantly accepts help from Miss Marple.

Director: Julian Amyes
Stars: Joan Hickson, Paul Eddington, Cheryl Campbell
Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer and a nose for crime. He sets out with Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Holmes, his friend Watson (or his brother Mycroft) work to solve the mysteries of three gables, the dying detective, a golden pince-nez, the red circle, a mazarin stone, and a cardboard box.

Stars: Jeremy Brett, Rosalie Williams, Edward Hardwicke


Series cast summary:
 Himself - Host (207 episodes, 1981-1989)


A weekly public television program presenting British produced mystery dramas to American audiences. Each program was a dramatization of a well-known mystery novel, with many programs continuing over several weeks. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot were the most commonly featured sleuths, but a wide variety of other authors' works were also shown. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Official Sites:



Release Date:

5 February 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Masterpiece Mystery  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



See  »

Did You Know?


"Mystery!" was created at the instigation of Herb Schmertz, head of corporate communications for Mobil Corporation. He suggested the concept of a series of British mysteries to Henry Becton, General Manager of Boston PBS station WGBH in 1979. Mobile had been the sole underwriter for "Masterpiece Theater" since 1971 and was looking to put more money into PBS programming. See more »


Referenced in Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Party (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

just loved this show when I was young
9 June 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

when i was a kid, i would get on my jammies, brush my teeth, then get a blanket to wrap around myself so no one in the family would see when I got creeped out.

I LOVED this show. And I loved that Vincent Price was on it.

Why don;t we have more artistic literary thinking shows like this?

It was fabulous!

ANd Gorey's artwork, as always, was wonderful (just wished the "screaming lady" would've put a little steam on the scream in the cartoon...I didn't believe she was in peril!).

If you can see any episodes and you enjoy mystery and good literature, it is worth seeing, definitely.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Animation at Beginning Talia_Elspeth
Favorite host? Miketevee
idea for series entry: 'The Man Who Was Thursday' danielj_old999
Change in 'seasons'? ent2bee
Filming locations for Marple: Why Didn't They Ask Evans? piper1-777-510142
Endeavor... acter
Discuss Masterpiece Mystery (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page