Agatha Christie's Marple: Season 1, Episode 2

Agatha Christie's Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage (19 Dec. 2004)
"The Murder at the Vicarage" (original title)

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No one seems surprised when Colonel Protheroe is found murdered in the local vicarage. Red herrings abound, especially when his widow and her lover both confess to the murder.


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Jana Carpenter ...
May Ainsworth
Siobhan Hayes ...
Angela Pleasence ...


Colonel Lucius Protheroe is probably the least-liked individual in St Mary Mead. All resent his superior and demanding attitude. So, when he is found dead in the vicarage study, there is no end of suspects. His wife Ann was having an affair with a local artist, Lawrence Redding. His daughter Lettice bridled under his strict rule. There is also the vicar and his assistant, whom Protheroe suspected of stealing church funds. Finally, there is the mysterious Mrs. Lester with whom he clearly had some previous connection. Jane Marple, recuperating at home from a sprained ankle, had a bird's eye view of all the comings and goings at the vicarage around the time of the murder and she gladly assists Inspector Slack in solving the crime. Written by garykmcd

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Did You Know?


Miss Marple is shown reading Raymond Chandler's short story anthology "The Simple Art of Murder", which also contains his titular essay on the detective novel. In the essay, Chandler argues that, in real life, the most unsolvable murders are the simplest, and criticizes, among other writers, Agatha Christie for creating implausible, over-elaborate murder plots for her novels. See more »


In the beginning of the film, when Miss Marple is ready to go to church, you can see a calendar on the table showing August 1951. On the calendar, the month begins with a Tuesday. In fact, the 1st of August 1951 was a Wednesday. See more »


DI Slack: [believing Lawrence Redding killed Colonel Protheroe] I've got a confession. And if the bullet that killed the Colonel doesn't match Redding's gun, I'll eat my handcuffs. Sometimes, the simple explanation is the right one.
Miss Jane Marple: Last night's wasn't.
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Not sold on most recent Christie/Miss Marple
25 March 2005 | by (Boston, United States) – See all my reviews

I hate to be the nay-sayer, but after reading positive comment after positive comment on the most recent Agatha Christie series, I feel I must needs be. There was no reason to remake the Miss Marple series with the remarkable Joan Hickson having so completely captured the character, and the productions in the 1980s being of such high standards. The current series is not only unnecessary, but a punch in the eye to anyone who reads Christie or believes in leaving a person works as unaltered as possible. The current productions supply us with sham characters, impossible events and plot complications that simply are not Chrisie's. In many ways we are getting revisionist claptrap.

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