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"Agatha Christie's Marple" The Murder at the Vicarage (2004)

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Agatha Christie (novel)
Stephen Churchett (screenplay)
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Original Air Date:
19 December 2004 (Season 1, Episode 2)
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No one seems surprised when Colonel Lucius Protheroe, the most disliked person in St. Mary Mead, is found murdered in the local vicarage. Red herrings abound, especially when his widow and her lover both confess to the murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Frost Plots Miss Marple Mystery In Prequel Film
 (From WENN. 29 March 2011, 1:16 AM, PDT)

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so Jane Marple had a past, did she? See more (22 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Geraldine McEwan ... Miss Marple

John Owens ... Photographer
Jana Carpenter ... May Ainsworth

Tim McInnerny ... Rev. Leonard Clement
Siobhan Hayes ... Mary Hill

Rachael Stirling ... Griselda Clement

Julian Morris ... Dennis Clement

Mark Gatiss ... Ronald Hawes

Robert Powell ... Dr. Haydock

Jane Asher ... Mrs. Lester

Janet McTeer ... Anne Protheroe

Derek Jacobi ... Colonel Protheroe
Angela Pleasence ... Miss Hartnell

Miriam Margolyes ... Mrs. Price-Ridley

Christina Cole ... Lettice Protheroe

Jason Flemyng ... Lawrence Redding

Herbert Lom ... Ausgustin Dufosse

Emily Bruni ... Helene Dufosse
Paul Hawkyard ... Frank Tarrant

Ruth Sheen ... Mrs. Tarrant

Julie Cox ... Young Miss Marple
Jenny Howe ... Maid

Stephen Tompkinson ... D.I. Slack
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephen Churchett ... Coroner (uncredited)
Martin Heathcote ... PC Hurst (uncredited)

Marc Warren ... Captain Ainsworth (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Charlie Palmer  (as Charles Palmer)
 
Writing credits
Agatha Christie (novel)

Stephen Churchett (screenplay)

Produced by
Michele Buck .... executive producer
Phil Clymer .... executive producer: Chorion plc
Helga Dowie .... line producer
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH
Matthew Read .... producer
Damien Timmer .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Dominik Scherrer 
 
Cinematography by
Nigel Walters (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Adam Recht 
 
Casting by
Susie Parriss 
 
Production Design by
Jeff Tessler 
 
Art Direction by
Pilar Foy 
Grant Montgomery 
 
Costume Design by
Phoebe De Gaye 
 
Makeup Department
Christine Greenwood .... makeup designer
Susan Parkinson .... makeup artist (as Sue Parkinson)
Sarah Pickering .... makeup artist
Isabel While .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kate Stannard .... post-production supervisor
Jon Williams .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sean Clayton .... second assistant director
Joanna Crow .... first assistant director
Cara Cheeseman .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Paul Gilpin .... supervising art director
Jim Grindley .... prop master
David Lewis .... production buyer
Joanne Ridler .... stand-by art director
Gus Wookey .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
John Downer .... supervising sound editor
Tony Jackson .... sound recordist
Billy Mahoney .... dubbing mixer
Sarah Morton .... dialogue editor
Mike Reardon .... boom operator
Charlotte Gray .... sound trainee (uncredited)
Adam Powell .... foley editor (uncredited)
Nigel Squibbs .... assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Green .... focus puller (as Mike Green)
Peter Robinson .... best boy
Xandy Sahla .... camera operator (as Xandy Shala)
George Vince .... lighting gaffer
Alfie Williams .... grip
Wailoon Chung .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael Green .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Eugene Grobler .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Adrienne Hayward .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Gary Parnham .... electrician (uncredited)
Steve Wallace .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (segments) (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natalie Richmond Elvy .... costume supervisor
Luan Placks .... assistant costume designer
Maija Ross .... costume assistant
Rachel Vallance .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Ian Johnson .... assistant editor
Lee Twohey .... telecine colourist
Simon Giblin .... on-line editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Richard Hammarton .... orchestrator: score (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Mark Beeton .... unit driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nuala Alen-Buckley .... production accountant
Sam Baker .... production secretary (as Samantha Baker)
Mary Haddow .... script supervisor
Simone Le Lievre .... publicist
Mariette Masters .... publicist
Rebecca Maybury .... assistant accountant
Patrick Smith .... publicist
Matt Steinmann .... location manager
Rebecca Sutton .... production coordinator
Karen Thrussell .... script editor
Laura Vergelli .... dialogue adaptor
Tracey Waller .... title design
Chris White .... location manager
Greg Bennett .... stand-in (uncredited)
Elton Farla .... medical coordinator (uncredited)
Mark Gladwin .... location scout (uncredited)
Paula Jack .... dialect coach (uncredited)
 

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94 min
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Australia:PG | Australia:M (DVD rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2005)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Miss Jane Marple:Why does Inspector Slack think the Colonel was shot at twenty past six?
Dr. Haydock:He'd started writing a note to the vicar saying he couldn't wait. He put the time on it.
Miss Jane Marple:Had he?
Dr. Haydock:And the clock stopped at just gone 6:20. He knocked it off the desk when he took the bullet.
Miss Jane Marple:Oh, dear. I'm afraid I must put a cat amongst the Inspector's pigeons.
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so Jane Marple had a past, did she?, 24 May 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Murder at the Vicarage" is another of the Geraldine McEwan Miss Marple mysteries. These films have several things in common: 1) they are beautifully produced, with great attention paid to photography, costumes, etc.; 2) they cast very good actors; 3) they don't pay a heck of a lot of attention to the original novel.

As I've said a million times previously, it's been ages since I've read these books, so the details are lost on me. I do know one thing: Agatha Christie never gave Jane Marple a past with a married soldier. There is a reference to someone named Lionel in the books and apparently Mummy put a stop to it. We can assume, I think, that Jane Marple had suitors, the most serious of which was Lionel, but she never had an affair with a married soldier. It just shows how little the writers know about such a famous character.

Everyone goes on and on about Joan Hickson. Okay, those adaptations were terrific, and she was a wonderful actress. But when I read the Miss Marple books, I pictured her as a sweet old lady. For me Hickson was very dry in the role. I go on record here (again) - I liked Helen Hayes and Julia McKenzie in the role. McEwan, who is a fabulous actress, is not quite right in her interpretation. She's too sophisticated and too much in peoples' faces. Miss Marple was a keen observer of human nature, having watched the citizens of St. Mary Mead. When murder occurred, some of the behavior would remind her of Mr. so and so and Miss so and so - and she'd put the thing together. It's just not that way in these scripts.

Anyway, Murder at the Vicarage is a strong story, about the death of Colonel Lucius Protheroe, a very hated gentleman in St. Mary Mead. His wife, Ann, is having an affair with a local artist, known for his somewhat risqué work. His daughter wasn't happy with his rules concerning her behavior. Pretheroe thought the vicar's assistant was stealing from the church. Jane has a sprained ankle and does a lot of observing from her window. And she very cleverly solves the mystery.

This film is a treat for baby boomers in that it features Jane Asher, Paul McCartney's old girlfriend. And talk about names - Derek Jacobi as Colonel Pretheroe and Janet McTeer as Anne - two huge stars of theater, and of course Jacobi has had quite the film career as well. The producers don't spare any expense, obviously. And Herbert Lom? Fantastic.

Despite some of its adaptation problems - I mean if it's not broke why are you fixing it - I guiltily admit this was a treat to watch. One way to enjoy these is just forget it's supposed to be Miss Marple and based on an Agatha Christie book.

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