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The Murder at the Vicarage 

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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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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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This episode takes place in December 1915 and 1951. See more »

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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 »

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[In Miss Marple's home, Mrs. Protheroe is attempting unsuccessfully to convince Inspector Slack that she killed her husband, when the phone rings, and Slack answers it]
DI Slack: St. Mary Mead, two - yes, speaking. Is that definite? Right.
[hangs up]
DI Slack: I don't like my time wasted, Mrs. Protheroe. The bullet that killed your husband was fired from Mr. Redding's gun.
Anne Protheroe: But... he did it for me!
DI Slack: He didn't do it for anyone! I released him half an hour ago. Just happened to be carrying his gun, which I don't believe...
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Version of Mord im Pfarrhaus (1970) See more »

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Excellent Agatha Adaption
13 March 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

One of a series of Agatha Christie "Miss Marple" adaptions well realized in this TV production, with a celebrated British cast. Geraldine McEwan is excellent as Miss Marple, bringing the right balance of sweet old lady and shrewd detective together. The nostalgic English country garden settings, with a nice feel for period, set the right rural atmosphere for the often complicated multi-suspect plot so favoured by Agatha Christie. There are usual red herrings and false leads, complete with the ever bumbling policeman. Full marks to the excellent casting and production values. Just shows that Agatha still rules in the detective/murder department, and it's Forensic Free. (Before DNA)


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