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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: 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 ...
James Hazeldine ...
Christopher Good ...
Norma West ...
Michael Browning ...
David Horovitch ...
Ian Brimble ...
Jack Galloway ...
Bill Archer
Rachel Weaver ...
Mary Wright
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Barbara Hicks ...


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25 December 1986 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Gyilkosság a paplakban  »

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One of the better Joan Hickson adaptations
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I really enjoyed this adaptation of "The Murder at the Vicarage". It is not as good as the delightful "A Murder is Announced" but it is very enjoyable, and not only one of the better Joan Hickson adaptations, but a considerable improvement over the Geraldine McEwan version(though that was one of the better adaptations of that series I feel). The pace is solid, the pace was a problem I had with "They Do it With Mirrors" which is my least favourite of the series, and the story is well structured. There is a nice witty script and lovely production values. The acting is very good in general, the only weaknesses for me being that James Hazeldine underplaying his role of Lawrence Redding and Polly Adams a little too stiff as Anne. Joan Hickson really makes this work though, with a simple charm and wisdom she is for me the best Miss Marple, and out of the supporting cast I loved Cheryl Campbell as Griselda, a delightful performance from a great actress. I liked the music too, really pleasant to listen to. Overall, I really enjoyed this adaptation. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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