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 ...
 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)


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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced  »

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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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