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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced 

Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (original title)
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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Complete series cast summary:
Joan Hickson ...
 Miss Marple (3 episodes, 1985)
Ursula Howells ...
 Miss Blacklock (3 episodes, 1985)
 Julia Simmons (3 episodes, 1985)
 Patrick Simmons (3 episodes, 1985)
Nicola King ...
 Phillipa Haymes (3 episodes, 1985)
Elaine Ives-Cameron ...
 Hannah (3 episodes, 1985)
Ralph Michael ...
 Colonel Easterbrook (3 episodes, 1985)
 Mrs. Easterbrook (3 episodes, 1985)
Matthew Solon ...
 Edmund Swettenham (3 episodes, 1985)
 Mrs. Swettenham (3 episodes, 1985)
Joan Sims ...
 Miss Murgatroyd (3 episodes, 1985)
 Miss Hinchcliffe (3 episodes, 1985)
Vivienne Moore ...
 Mrs. Harmon (3 episodes, 1985)
 Reverend Harmon (3 episodes, 1985)
Richard Bebb ...
 Rydesdale (3 episodes, 1985)
 Detective Inspector Craddock (3 episodes, 1985)
 Detective Sergeant Fletcher (3 episodes, 1985)
 Miss Bunner (2 episodes, 1985)
Liz Crowther ...
 Myrna Harris (2 episodes, 1985)


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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Did You Know?


In the film you hear of a son called Harry; at the end of the film there is a wedding and you see the son, played by Simon Rose who lived in the village of Powerstock where the film was shot. See more »


As the lights go out for the 'murder' Miss Murgatroyd is seen in the corner of the room between Mrs Easterbrook and Edmund Swettenham - nowhere near the door she is later said to be behind when it opens, thus she could not have been 'behind the light' as the only witness to 'who was not there'. See more »


Miss Murgatroyd: [Murgatroyd is describing the murder] I remember that girl screaming and a voice saying, 'Put them up, please.'
Miss Hinchcliffe: Ha ha! 'Stick 'em up,' and he certainly didn't say 'please!'
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29 May 2002 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I'm a fan of the genre. I have the aforementioned rewind button. I loved the show.

I didn't find it too implausible, considering that this did take place in the 1950s (no faxes, e-mail or digital cameras), and I thought it possible and plausible that the people in question could assume someone else's identity, especially as their performances were being given for the benefit of people who hadn't seen the "original identity holders" in many years, if at all.

Hints at Hinchcliffe's and Murgatroyd's lesbian "partnership," without ever coming directly across and labeling it (although it does more broadly hint at the relationship than Agatha Christie's original novel). Issues of youthful Communism and unrequited love are almost too felicitously handled, although one wishes that real life could be this uncomplicated!

Watch for a spunky performance from Samantha Bond (now universally recognized as Miss Moneypenny in the 007 series). Paola Dionisotti (The House of Elliott) is also greatly likable as Miss Hinchcliffe.

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