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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 »


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: 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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Followed by Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: At Bertram's Hotel (1987) See more »

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Far better than the recent version
21 September 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

The 1980s adaptations starring Joan Hickson are on the slow side by modern standards. This was in fact the last golden age of television before it was ruined by too many channels and the advent of the MTV attention span -- which has sadly affected us all, I fear. This version is lovingly crafted with delightful period details.

Although, in its slowness, this version fails to build up the various suspects as sufficiently menacing, it is a good version which keeps quite faithful to the book. Geraldine Alexander is excellent as Gwenda and to my ears does a super New Zealand accent. John Moulder-Brown is a let-down as her unconvincing animatronic husband, beautifully dressed in the gent's outfitters styles of the period, but far too mannered in his perfect elocution. Joan Hickson does her stuff very well as usual.

It is interesting (if depressing) to compare this with the travesty version starring Geraldine McEwan, where the plot has been mangled -- and garbled -- beyond recognition.

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