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

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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)
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 Mrs Easterbrook
Matthew Solon ...
Mary Kerridge ...
Joan Sims ...
Paola Dionisotti ...
Vivienne Moore ...
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 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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Trivia

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 »

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: Well, young Edmund Swettenham moons around her a bit. He's a very odd young man - writes books - and I - I have heard that he's a - a Communist!
Miss Jane Marple: Oh really, yes, well he must be rather lonely in Chipping Cleghorn.
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Followed by Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder (1987) See more »

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Sing For Your Supper
Music by Richard Rodgers lyrics by Lorenz Hart
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Delightful
23 December 2004 | by (Middlesex, England) – See all my reviews

This is, in my opinion, Christie's best Miss Marple book. The plot is ingenious, carefully woven and highly intricate. The ending is pure brilliance, and you will kick yourself because you didn't guess the identity earlier.

This BBC adaptation is also superb. It has a suitable running length, enough time for the viewer to absorb the information given to them, and Joan Hickson excels as Miss Marple. Her apparent scattiness hides her true genius to the rest of the cast, and Joan Hickson is perfect at playing Miss Marple in this way; far better than Margaret Rutherford and Geraldine McEwan's dreadful attempts . The supporting cast are also very good, featuring Ursulla Howles, Paola Dionisotti, Joan Sims, Sylvia Syms, Kevin Whately and Simon Shepard (of 'Peak Practice' Fame).

Having read the book very recently, and then watched this adaptation over Christmas on UKTV Gold, I can say that the plot is faithful to the original tome. I can highly recommend it.


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