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The Body in the Library 

Dolly Bantry calls upon her old friend Miss Marple when the strangled corpse of an unknown blonde girl is found in the library of her home, Gossington Hall.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Theakston ...
Giles Oldershaw ...
Florence Hoath ...
Scamper (as Bruce MacKinnon)


A young woman's corpse is dumped in the library of Gossington Hall, home of Jane Marple's friend Dolly Bantry and her husband Arthur. Pompous Chief Constable Melchett suspects a connection with Basil Blake, an arty young man who lives locally but Blake is dismissive when Melchett visits him. Then Superintendent Harper rings from the coastal town of Danemouth. Ruby Keane, a young girl employed as a dancer at the Majestic Hotel there, has gone missing, and her cousin Josie Turner identifies the corpse as Ruby's. Ruby is in favour with millionaire Conway Jefferson, whose own son and daughter were killed in a wartime air raid, and he wants to adopt her. His son-in-law Mark Gaskell, and daughter-in-law Adelaide react variously to the news. Miss Marple is convinced that the solution to Ruby's murder may be found at the hotel and she and Dolly book into a suite to investigate. There is no shortage of suspects, not only family members but the handsome Raymond Starr, another of the hotel's ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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17 April 2005 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Among others, Eileen Atkins and Annette Crosbie were considered for the part of Miss Marple's friend Dolly Bantry. The part was eventually given to Joanna Lumley, who calls herself a "die-hard Christie fan". See more »


In the scene showing the Pier at "Danemouth", a modern double decker bus is visible driving past. See more »


Basil Blake: [introducing his wife to Colonel Melchett] Dinah Lee, minor actress, major slut!
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Music by Gerald Marks
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12 January 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

ITV are brave to redo Miss Marple when memories (and DVDs and reruns) of the Joan Hickson films are still pretty fresh. They have had the courage to do it differently -- as a kind of comic book version in lurid tones. This was a risky idea and I'm not sure it really comes off.

Geraldine McEwan is charming, quirky and fey in the role, but what is the role? Not Miss Marple as Agatha Christie intended, that's for sure. Miss Marple was never an emancipated woman. I have to admit, though, that Ms. McEwan's performance shows up the revered Joan Hickson portrayal as essentially dull and flat.

The worst thing, however, is the overacting. Simon Callow is one of Britain's foremost actors, so why this appalling performance? It's beyond caricature. And how did Jack Davenport get to play a superintendent of police (with a street trader accent) at the age of not much more than 30? Agatha Christie needs to be played straight -- or perhaps for laughs, as the old Margaret Rutherford films did it -- but this version does neither. Hmm.

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