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The Murder at the Vicarage (1986)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  25 December 1986 (UK)
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Faced with two false confessions and numerous suspects after a despised civil magistrate is found shot in the local vicarage, Detective Inspector Slack reluctantly accepts help from Miss Marple.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Hickson ...
Paul Eddington ...
Polly Adams ...
Tara MacGowran ...
James Hazeldine ...
Christopher Good ...
Norma West ...
Michael Browning ...
David Horovitch ...
Ian Brimble ...
Jack Galloway ...
Bill Archer
Rachel Weaver ...
Mary Wright
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Barbara Hicks ...


When a despised magistrate is found shot to death in the library of the local vicarage, his wife and her lover, a portrait painter living on the church grounds, both confess to the crime. Miss Marple's keen powers of observation clear both of them of the crime, but other suspects abound. Included are the murdered man's daughter, who posed for the artist, a neurotic cleric who's embezzled church funds, the local doctor, an ex-convict who poached on the magistrate's land, and a missionary's enigmatic widow who argued with him the day before he was killed. An exasperated Inspector Slack must reluctantly accept help from the analytical Miss Marple. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Detective Inspector Slack: I thought it was looking too good to be true. I shoulds known better! Soon as I saw that nice looking, gray-haired cobra sliding about, I shoulda known better
Detective Sergeant Lake: Hunh?
Detective Inspector Slack: The Marple woman sticks to this sort of business like chewing gum to the cat.
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Wonderful Joan Hickson
31 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I have never thought that Margaret Rutherford was the perfect actress to portray Christie's famous lady detective.Angela Landsbury,who portrayed her in "the mirror cracked" was not an ideal choice either.Joan Hickson was Miss Marple as I see her ,discreet ,insightful,mischievous,terribly observant.She and the detective inspector make a funny pair,like Poirot and Japp. Unlike Poirot,Marple does not really investigate.She never questions the suspects (some of whom even use her as their alibi)but has a rare talent for observation.

"Murder at the vicarage" is a classic Christie novel:it happens in Jane Marple's village where a wicked colonel nobody likes -and thus has a reason to kill him of course- is murdered.It even involves the priests who are suspects too.Good job by all the cast.

French title (of the novel and the movie):"L'affaire Prothero" .

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