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:
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 Miss Marple (3 episodes, 1985)
Ursula Howells ...
 Miss Blacklock (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Julia Simmons (3 episodes, 1985)
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 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)
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 Mrs. Easterbrook (3 episodes, 1985)
Matthew Solon ...
 Edmund Swettenham (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Mrs. Swettenham (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Miss Murgatroyd (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Miss Hinchcliffe (3 episodes, 1985)
Vivienne Moore ...
 Mrs. Harmon (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Reverend Harmon (3 episodes, 1985)
Richard Bebb ...
 Rydesdale (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Detective Inspector Craddock (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Detective Sergeant Fletcher (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Miss Bunner (2 episodes, 1985)
Liz Crowther ...
 Myrna Harris (2 episodes, 1985)
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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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Trivia

In another Miss Marple Inspector Craddock tells Inspector Slack that MissMarple is his aunt. See more »

Goofs

When the corpse of Rudi Scherz is being examined and his mask is pulled off, he shuts his eyes tighter and then relaxes them again. See more »

Quotes

Dora Bunner: [looking at the tea cakes] They're terribly pink, aren't they?
Miss Jane Marple: Well, probably an artificial substitute for flavor.
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Soundtracks

""I Got the Sun in the Morning (and the Moon at Night)""
Music & Lyrics by Irving Berlin
(From musical: Annie Get Your Gun)
Sung by Paola Dionisotti
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Hickson's definitive Marple
2 April 2006 | by (Irlam, England) – See all my reviews

Now that the campy ITV Marple series is well into its stride it is time to reflect on whether the BBC Miss Marple programmes were as good as we thought. Judged by this outing there is no contest.

Alan Plater's witty script, while faithful to Christie's convoluted plotting, adds colour and shading to the proceedings and clips along at a nice pace. The actors certainly rise to the occasion; Joan Hickson is on top form, her interpretation of an inquisitive old lady from a 1950s country village is totally believable; Renee Asherson's character is rather irritating and the actress reflects this in her performance; Ursula Howells is quite brilliant, making a complex personality convincing; and there is good support from Samantha Bond, Joan Sims, Ralph Michael and a somewhat underused Sylvia Syms.


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