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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Body in the Library 

Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (original title)
Amateur detective Miss Jane Marple investigates the murder of a young woman whose body is found in the library at Gossington Hall, home of Colonel and Mrs. Arthur Bantry.
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Series cast summary:
Joan Hickson ...
 Miss Marple (1 episode, 1984)
Debbie Arnold ...
 Dinah Lee (1 episode, 1984)
John Bardon ...
 PC Palk (1 episode, 1984)
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 George Bartlett (1 episode, 1984)
Kathleen Breck ...
 Bridget (1 episode, 1984)
Ian Brimble ...
 Detective Constable Lake (1 episode, 1984)
Stephen Churchett ...
 Major Reeve (1 episode, 1984)
Jess Conrad ...
 Raymond Starr (1 episode, 1984)
Andrew Cruickshank ...
 Conway Jefferson (1 episode, 1984)
Andrew Downer ...
 Peter Carmody (1 episode, 1984)
Keith Drinkel ...
 Mark Gaskell (1 episode, 1984)
Valentine Dyall ...
 Lorrimer (1 episode, 1984)
Karin Foley ...
 Mary (1 episode, 1984)
Colin Higgins ...
 Malcolm (1 episode, 1984)
David Horovitch ...
 Detective Inspector Slack (1 episode, 1984)
Sally Jane Jackson ...
 Ruby Keene (1 episode, 1984)
Frederick Jaeger ...
 Colonel Melchett (1 episode, 1984)
Sidney Livingstone ...
 Mr. Brogan (1 episode, 1984)
Ciaran Madden ...
 Adelaide Jefferson (1 episode, 1984)
John Moffatt ...
 Edwards (1 episode, 1984)
Mike Mungarvan ...
 Detective Sgt (1 episode, 1984)
Martyn Read ...
 Hugo McLean (1 episode, 1984)
Anne Rutter ...
 Mrs. Palk (1 episode, 1984)
Karen Seacombe ...
 Florrie Small (1 episode, 1984)
Anthony Smee ...
 Basil Blake (1 episode, 1984)
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 Josie Turner (1 episode, 1984)
Hugh Walters ...
 Mr. Prescott (1 episode, 1984)
Gwen Watford ...
 Dolly Bantry (1 episode, 1984)
Moray Watson ...
 Colonel Bantry (1 episode, 1984)
Sarah Whitlock ...
 WPC (1 episode, 1984)
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BBC Adaption of Agatha Christie's novel; in the small village of St. Mary Mead, Colonel and Mrs. Bantry, owners of the local manor Gossington Hall, are shocked when a young lady's body is found in their library. They call in the police who soon run up against a brick wall; only finding out that the body is that of a dancer in London who the Bantrys didn't even know. But how and why was her body left in the library? To find out the truth, the Bantrys call in the help of their good friend Miss Jane Marple. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Andrew Cruickshank had a previous encounter with Miss Marple, in film Murder Most Foul with Margaret Rutherford in he had a cameo role of a judge. See more »

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Agreed. The definitive Miss Marple.
12 February 2008 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Joan Hickson played the role as if she was born to do it, same as David Suchet for Poirot. Both are definitive performances and that's all there is to say.

Geraldine McEwan is a fine actress. Sadly, she follows in Hayes' and Rutherford's footsteps in completely failing to capture Miss Marple such as Christie wrote her, a frail old lady with wise eyes and a mind beyond sharp. I even caught a glimpse of McEwan with a positive SPRING in her step in one of her scenes, for Goodness' sake!! Way too youthful, way too OTT.

Joan Hickson, RIP.


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