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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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Jamie Theakston ...
Giles Oldershaw ...
Florence Hoath ...
Scamper (as Bruce MacKinnon)

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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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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 »


Miss Jane Marple: [a body has been found in the library of Arthur and Dolly Bantry] Oh, Dolly, what a terrible thing!
Dolly Bantry: I know. Rather thrilling, isn't it?
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References A Place in the Sun (1951) See more »


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Music by Gerald Marks
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A change for the better? Not with this one!
28 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

The denouement change of "The Body in the Library" was original to say the least, but ridiculous, and quite pointless. It did nothing for the unnecessary enhancement of Agatha Christie's reputation as the "Queen of the Whodunnits". If producers and directors think they can do better, they should write their own novels. They could then muck those up to their hearts' content.

Why this new series of "Marple" was ever made in the first place is quite beyond me. I've seen all the Miss Marple screenings (and read all the books), and the only actress to really perfect the character was the magnificent Joan Hickson, and her efforts are all still readily available, and repeated on TV quite regularly.

Geraldine McEwan brings a pleasant quirkiness into the character, and in her own way is very good, but somehow it's just not quite right, and as in "4:50 from Paddington", those who thought they knew better just had to tart up the novel. I do wish they would retain the story lines and keep them sensible".

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