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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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The Writer Smiles 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)
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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:
Colonel Protheroe:[referring to the artist, Lawrence Redding, while at the dinner table] I forbid you to see him again!
Lettice Protheroe:He was only painting me.
Colonel Protheroe:[disbelieving] Oh!
Lettice Protheroe:But I wish he were doing something, with all the stupid fuss you're making.
Colonel Protheroe:Don't be common!
Lettice Protheroe:Well, don't be horrid, then! You've already driven the DuFosses to bed because of your foul mood.
Colonel Protheroe:Well, you can go, too!
Lettice Protheroe:Gladly!
[throws napkin on the table, gets up and walks off]
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Movie Connections:
Remake of The Murder at the Vicarage (1986) (TV)See more »

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5 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The Writer Smiles, 12 January 2008
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

Wonderful, this is.

Its wonderful in part because it takes chances with the material and the presentation.

You have to appreciate a few facts. This was Agatha's first published book. Its before she hit her stride where she was comfortable enough with the genre that she started fooling with the rules of the genre in amazingly clever and modern ways. So its just a typical complicated murder, planned by "evil" people. The murder itself is conventional for the period, like hundreds of other books of the period.

It introduces Miss Marple, so it is apt that the story lines include our introduction to the character, adding elements that are from Christie.

Another fact is that Christie during this period had unhappy romantic episodes and had some intrigue and mystery in her own life. She would in fact be very much like the young Marple we see here. And inserting the author in the story as the detective is precisely something she might do herself. (The adapter here also plays the coroner. Nice metafolding.)

If you are going to watch any of these, you should watch this one first to get the backstory on Jane, and to understand why she wistfully looks at an old photo.

As to the mystery story itself, its background noise and poorly presented. But remember it is so in the book. On that we have famous actors doing their stuff. One of these is Jane Asher. She's not an amazing actress but she if often used as an amazing presence. And here it is so. She plays a character that if I recall is more prominent in the book, but less sassy and obviously significant than rendered here. She's one of the most remarkable unremarkable women in modern history because of her role in the Beatles and Alice.

Something along these lines may be done one day for theatrical release, and I expect similar notions of narrative folding and cinematic exaggeration. But we'll have more explicit recognition of what drives this story, and presumably the whole village: sex.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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