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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When a handful of grain is found in the pocket of a murdered businessman, Miss Marple seeks a murderer with a penchant for nursery rhymes.

Director: Guy Slater
Stars: Joan Hickson, Timothy West, Fabia Drake
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 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 7.6/10 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
Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (TV Mini-Series 1985)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An unusual announcement in the newspaper leads the curious villagers to Miss Blacklock's home, where they become witnesses to a murder.

Stars: Joan Hickson, Ursula Howells, Samantha Bond
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
Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (TV Mini-Series 1984)
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
Miss Marple: Nemesis (TV Movie 1987)
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, Barbara Franceschi, Bruce Payne
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 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 7.3/10 X  

While on vacation at a resort hotel in the West Indies, Miss Marple correctly suspects that the apparently natural death of a retired British major is actually the work of a murderer planning yet another killing.

Director: Christopher Petit
Stars: Joan Hickson, Donald Pleasence, Adrian Lukis
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 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
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A friend of Miss Marple's sees a woman being strangled in a passing train. When police cannot find a body and doubt the story, Miss Marple enlists professional housekeeper, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, to go undercover.

Director: Martyn Friend
Stars: Joan Hickson, Juliette Mole, David Beames
Agatha Christie's Marple (TV Series 2004)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An elderly spinster living in the village of St Mary Mead helps her friends and relatives solve mysterious murders.

Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett
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Complete series cast summary:
Joan Hickson ...
 Miss Marple (2 episodes, 1985)
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 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)
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 Gerry Burton (2 episodes, 1985)
Sabina Franklyn ...
 Joanna Burton (2 episodes, 1985)
Richard Pearson ...
 Mr. Pye (2 episodes, 1985)
Hilary Mason ...
 Emily Barton (2 episodes, 1985)
Dilys Hamlett ...
 Maud Calthrop (2 episodes, 1985)
John Arnatt ...
 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)
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 Mrs. Cleat (2 episodes, 1985)
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 Mr. Cleat (2 episodes, 1985)
Michael Waterman ...
 George Ellis (2 episodes, 1985)
Roger Ostime ...
 Detective Inspector Crawford (2 episodes, 1985)
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 P.C. Johnson (2 episodes, 1985)
Catherine Owen ...
 Rose (2 episodes, 1985)
Carol Gleeson ...
 Contralto (2 episodes, 1985)
John Keenan ...
 Pianist (2 episodes, 1985)
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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Miss Jane Marple: Oh, forgive me, Superintendent, but I hope you don't wa... how should I put it?... find me irratating.
Superintendent Nash: [In a condescendingly emphatic tone] Dismiss the thought, Miss Marple!
Miss Jane Marple: Oh, good. I'm so glad. Thank you... yes.
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Connections

Followed by Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery (1989) See more »

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Joan Hickson is THE definitive Miss Marple
24 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I couldn't agree more with Mike. My local PBS station here in the US is currently broadcasting the new Miss Marple series one evening a week, while showing the original Joan Hickson Miss Marple as a daily series at 1:00 PM. There is NO comparison. Even Agatha Christie, some years before her own death, predicted that Joan Hickson would be the perfect Miss Marple. She knew her character, and the right actress to play her. The new series struggles far too hard to be "trendy" and puts far too much present-day "politial correctness" into the plots. Geraldine McEwan's Miss Marple has become nearly as much a caricature as Margaret Rutherford's movie portrayal.

Jim.


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