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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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Plot:
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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Joan Hickson is still the tops 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 »
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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:You are quite sure?
Mrs. Price-Ridley:I always put a pound note into the box on the anniversary of poor Bruce's passing.
Miss Jane Marple:I know, but perhaps this time...
Colonel Protheroe:Oh, come on, Miss Marple! If Marjorie said she put a pound in, then she did! So where's it gone? Well, I thought you'd be straining at the leash to sniff out the culprit. You do have a reputation to maintain.
Miss Jane Marple:My reputation, Colonel Protheroe, if I have one, and how very kind of you to suggest I do, is neither here nor there. I merely wonder if it's a little early to talk of culprits.
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24 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Joan Hickson is still the tops, 28 August 2006
Author: benbrae76

I recently watched "Marple: Murder at the Vicarage" (starring Geraldine McEwan), and must say I was not overly impressed.

If the police investigations of the day were conducted as they were in this dramatisation of Agatha Christie's novel, it's a wonder that any criminals were ever caught at all, much less convicted, with or without any dotty old ladies poking their noses in. Even in a pretend TV "whodunnit" investigation, a little reality goes a long way.

Not only was the murder scene not secured, but suspects "et al" were allowed to come and go through it at will, and in fact there was never any "boffin" in sight. No incident room was ever set up, but then I didn't see many police around to actually use one. No fingerprints appeared to have been taken or checked for (even though at the denouement it could clearly be seen that "dabs" were left all over said murder scene), and any reference to or collection of written statements were completely overlooked. Awkward for any later trial I would have thought. Albeit modern forensic science has advanced out of sight since the 1950's, initial proceedings were surely much the same then as they are now.

I was brought up in an English village during the same period (the Fifties) in which this production was set (although the book was written about 20 years earlier), but I didn't "recognise" any of the characters. They were all like plastic effigies straight out of a Hollywood studio, and the village itself from the top of a chocolate box. Although similarly born of Agatha Christie's pen, both characters and village were much more believable in the previous Joan Hickson series, and in which the direction was much more knowing. To its credit however, the story-line stays reasonably faithful to the novel, except for Professor Dufosse and his daughter. Where on earth did they come from? They're certainly not creations of Agatha Christie, and never appeared in the book. An unnecessary additional red-herring from the producers no doubt, or are they a replacement for Dr Stone (an archaeologist) and his secretary Miss Cram? If so, why? Why change the characters? Also, as another reviewer has reminded us, Miss Marple was the ultimate spinster and only had one small "fling" when young, which was maternally cut short.

Considering the impressive line up of star actors both young and old on display here, there should have been an equally impressive result. It was considerably short of that, and one is left to wonder why this re-make was ever produced, and with all due respect to Geraldine McEwan, magnificent actress though she is, the late Joan Hickson still reigns supreme as Jane Marple.

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