The normally friendly village of Lymston is plagued by vile anonymous letters. When a mother of three takes her own life, following such a letter, Ms. Marple is not at all convinced things are as they seem.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Miss Marple (2 episodes, 1985)
 Edward Symmington (2 episodes, 1985)
Elizabeth Counsell ...
 Angela Symmington (2 episodes, 1985)
Deborah Appleby ...
 Megan Hunter (2 episodes, 1985)
Lucy Gleeson ...
 Robert Symmington (2 episodes, 1985)
Stuart Mansfield ...
 James Symmington (2 episodes, 1985)
 Gerry Burton (2 episodes, 1985)
 Joanna Burton (2 episodes, 1985)
Richard Pearson ...
 Mr. Pye (2 episodes, 1985)
 Emily Barton (2 episodes, 1985)
Dilys Hamlett ...
 Maud Calthrop (2 episodes, 1985)
 Rev. Guy Calthrop (2 episodes, 1985)
Sandra Payne ...
 Eryl Griffith (2 episodes, 1985)
Martin Fisk ...
 Owen Griffith (2 episodes, 1985)
Penelope Lee ...
 Partridge (2 episodes, 1985)
Juliet Waley ...
 Beatrice (2 episodes, 1985)
Imogen Bickford-Smith ...
 Elsie Holland (2 episodes, 1985)
Gerald Sim ...
 Coroner (2 episodes, 1985)
Geoffrey Davion ...
 Police Superintendent Nash (2 episodes, 1985)
Ninka Scott ...
 Miss Ginch (2 episodes, 1985)
 Mrs. Cleat (2 episodes, 1985)
 Mr. Cleat (2 episodes, 1985)
Michael Waterman ...
 George Ellis (2 episodes, 1985)
Roger Ostime ...
 Detective Inspector Crawford (2 episodes, 1985)
 P.C. Johnson (2 episodes, 1985)
Catherine Owen ...
 Rose (2 episodes, 1985)
Carol Gleeson ...
 Contralto (2 episodes, 1985)
John Keenan ...
 Pianist (2 episodes, 1985)


Her old friend Maude Calthrop, wife of the village vicar, summons Miss Marple when several of the local residents receive a poison pen letter. All of the recipients thus far are men and all are accused of some act of moral turpitude. When the local solicitor's wife, Angela Symington, is found dead with a poison pen letter at her side, the coroner rules that she took her own life. Not surprisingly, Jane Marple disagrees and is convinced it was murder. When a second villager is killed, it appears Miss Marple is correct. She also deduces the real purpose of the letters. Written by garykmcd

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(still photographs: of Gerry Burton's and Megan Hunter's trip to London)|

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Did You Know?


The title of the film (and the novel it's based on) is, like that of many other works by Agatha Christie, a quotation of a piece of poetry. "The Moving Finger" are the first words of a well known work by the medieval Persian poet Omar Khayyam. See more »


Somebody finds a book used for cutting out letters to make threatening notes. However, the print in this book is much smaller than the letters used in the notes. See more »


Gerry Burton: [Trying to get a loose end cleared up] But WHY did she?
Superintendent Nash: Ask Miss Marple. She usually has the right answers.
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Minor Marple Mystery
5 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

Not one of the best entries in the Joan Hickson - Miss Marple series. For one thing, the story is not one of Agatha Christie's strongest; I admit that the identity of the killer caught me by surprise, but in retrospect that happened because the script makes his/her motive almost completely obscure. For another thing, with the exception of 1 or 2 well-done atmospheric scenes (like the discovery of the second body), the film flirts dangerously with dullness. And for yet another thing, although the cast is adequate (it's surprising that Deborah Appleby's career went nowhere after this, because she is indeed - as her character is described by someone else - "a breath of fresh air"), nobody really creates a character as memorable as, say, Selina Cadell's Miss Dove in "A Pocketfull Of Rye". OK for one viewing. (**1/2)

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