Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder (1987)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  11 January 1987 (UK)
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When a young bride moves into a country manor, long repressed childhood memories of witnessing a murder come to the surface.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Hickson ...
Geraldine Alexander ...
Giles Reed
Frederick Treves ...
Jean Anderson ...
Terrence Hardiman ...
John Bennett ...
Geraldine Newman ...
Jack Watson ...
Mr. Foster
Joan Scott ...
Mrs. Cocker
Jean Heywood ...
Georgine Anderson ...
Mrs. Hengrave
Edward Jewesbury ...
David McAlister ...
Joan West


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Addio Miss Marple  »

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The director thought the script was much better than the book. See more »


While Miss Marple is chatting with the gardener and using the sprayer to kill the bugs, she generously sprays the top of the wall where the gardener's coffee cup is resting. A few moments later he drinks from it, but apparently suffers no ill effects. See more »


Miss Jane Marple: Good advice is almost certain to be ignored, but that's no reason for not giving it.
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Not the best Miss Marple

This is a little different from the normal Miss Marple and suffers a little because of it, I feel. We see less than usual of Jane Marple as the story concentrates on the newlyweds, so that although enjoyable in itself, this is not the best Miss Marple mystery.

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