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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (1985)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  28 February 1985 (UK)
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An unusual announcement in the newspaper leads the curious villagers to Miss Blacklock's home, where they become witnesses to a murder.

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Joan Hickson ...
Ursula Howells ...
Renée Asherson ...
Miss Bunner (as Renee Asherson)
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Nicola King ...
Elaine Ives-Cameron ...
Hannah (as Elaine Ives Cameron)
Ralph Michael ...
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Mrs Easterbrook
Matthew Solon ...
Mary Kerridge ...
Joan Sims ...
Paola Dionisotti ...
Vivienne Moore ...
Mrs Harmon
David Collings ...
The Reverend Harmon
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A murder is announced in the Chipping Cleghorne Gazette to take place on October 5th, 7 PM at Little Paddocks cottage. The people living there, retired secretary Miss Blacklock, her companion Miss Bunner, Miss Blacklock's two distant cousins, Patrick and Julia and Mrs.Haymes, a gardener, have no idea what the ad is about. Several villagers arrive at the house under the false pretenses of "just walking by" or "Was in the neighborhood". At exactly 7 PM, the lights go out, and a man enters the room, and shines a flashlight in everyone's face. Then shots are heard. As the lights come back on, they find the man who entered the room has been shot. Miss Marple must unmask the killer but soon more murders turn up. Written by <hatchetts13@webtv.net>

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Quotes

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Det. Inspector Craddock: You scream again?
Hannah: I think so. Are you going to arrest me?
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Sing For Your Supper
Music by Richard Rodgers lyrics by Lorenz Hart
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One of the best of the BBC's Miss Marple series
2 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Like Jack who commented before me here, I saw this show over Christmas on UKTV Drama. I had never seen the Joan Hickson adaptations before now and when I saw the recent ITV Marple's I was told to watch the old BBC adaptations as they are far superior, and they are.

I feel the ITV versions are almost played as farcical comedy whereas the BBC versions are more serious and are far more intriguing and allowing you to get involved in the mystery and none more so than in 'A Murder Is Announced'. I literally had no idea who the culprit was right up until the very end and it was certainly a complex mystery, but an excellent one.

This was originally shown over 3 nights in 1985 however I saw it all in one 3 hour viewing, yet it certainly did not feel like that at all. Joan Hickson is brilliant as Miss Marple. The Geraldine McEwan take on Miss Marple is almost amateurish in comparison. The supporting cast here, including Joan Sims, Kevin Whately and Samantha Bond are all excellent and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has not yet seen it.


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