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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder 

Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder (original title)
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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Complete series cast summary:
Joan Hickson ...
 Miss Marple (2 episodes, 1987)
Geraldine Alexander ...
 Gwenda Reed (2 episodes, 1987)
 Giles Reed (2 episodes, 1987)
Frederick Treves ...
 Doctor James Kennedy (2 episodes, 1987)
 Mrs. Fane (2 episodes, 1987)
Terrence Hardiman ...
 Walter Fane (2 episodes, 1987)
John Bennett ...
 Richard Erskine (2 episodes, 1987)
Geraldine Newman ...
 Janet Erskine (2 episodes, 1987)
Jack Watson ...
 Mr. Foster (2 episodes, 1987)
Joan Scott ...
 Mrs. Cocker (2 episodes, 1987)
Jean Heywood ...
 Edith Paget (2 episodes, 1987)
Georgine Anderson ...
 Mrs. Hengrave (2 episodes, 1987)
Edward Jewesbury ...
 Mr. Sims (2 episodes, 1987)
David McAlister ...
 Raymond West (2 episodes, 1987)
 Joan West (2 episodes, 1987)
 Mr. Galbraith (2 episodes, 1987)
John Ringham ...
 Doctor Penrose (2 episodes, 1987)
 Lily Kimble (2 episodes, 1987)
Ken Kitson ...
 Jim Kimble (2 episodes, 1987)
Kenneth Cope ...
 Jackie Afflick (2 episodes, 1987)
Peter Spraggon ...
 Det. Inspector Last (2 episodes, 1987)
Sheila Raynor ...
 Shop Assistant (2 episodes, 1987)
Donald Burton ...
 Bosola (2 episodes, 1987)
 Ferdinand (2 episodes, 1987)
Gary Watson ...
 Kelvin Halliday (2 episodes, 1987)


BBC TV adaption of the Agatha Christie's novel. A young recently married woman, Gwenda Reed, comes back to England after living most of her life in New Zealand. While her husband, Giles, is out of the country she buys a house for them and starts recalling memories which make her start to think that perhaps she had lived in the house before. It's only then, while dining out with friends, that a chance remark triggered off a frightening memory, as a little girl, looking down at a woman's body and the murderer with "monkey paws" hands. Gwenda is determined to find out the sources of this memory. The killer, thought that he/she was safe after eighteen years and is prepared to kill to cover up the past. But Gwenda has help as one of her dining friends is Raymond West, who has a very special Aunt who is willing to help Gwenda - Miss Jane Marple... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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11 January 1987 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Esmond Kinight who has a short role as a retired estate agent died shortly after first broadcasting of this serial. See more »


The "posh car" owned by the tour bus company owner is a bright yellow roadster that looks suspiciously like a 1957 Ford Thunderbird, though it may have been a British make of similar design. But the headlights and taillights are unmistakably from the period of 1955-1957. If this mystery series is set in the post-WWII era of 1946-48, that car would have been about 10 years before its time. See more »


Miss Jane Marple: There's always possibility of X.
Gwenda Reed: X?
Giles Reed: X?
Miss Jane Marple: The unknown factor... someone who hasn't appeared yet but whose presence behind the facts can be deduced.
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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
12 February 2005 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Mysteries of the past should be left alone; otherwise, they may awaken danger. Using that well-known idiom, Dame Agatha pens another whodunit, wherein a young married woman's infatuation with an old, stately English house translates into buried secrets and impending murder.

Having already read Christie's novel and concluded that this story was not quite as good as some of her other works, I watched the BBC adaptation of "Sleeping Murder", not expecting a lot. The film, like the book, gets off to a slow, tedious start. The plot gets better as it plods along. Toward the end, Director John Davies injects some needed suspense. The screenplay is a bit talky. Acting is adequate. I especially like Joan Hickson as Jane Marple who delightfully meddles in the business of a newlywed couple, and who naturally is a step, or several steps, ahead of everyone else in solving the crime.

The story is not dependent on majestic scenery or unusual visual perspective, so that cinematography is fairly unimportant. But sets are important here, and so the filmmakers have given adequate attention to production design and costumes. Overall, they have done a good job with a Christie story that is relatively weak, and thus rendered a film that is reasonably entertaining.

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