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)
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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)
Joan Sims ...
 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

[Mrs Harmon nearly trips over her cat]
Mrs. Harmon: Oh, do be careful, Delilah!
Det. Inspector Craddock: Delilah?
Mrs. Harmon: My husband named her that. I'm afraid her moral standards are rather similar!
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Connections

Followed by Miss Marple: They Do It with Mirrors (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

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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