Agatha Christie's Marple: Season 1, Episode 4

A Murder Is Announced (2 Jan. 2005)

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The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are summoned by a newspaper notice to the house of Letitia Blacklock, anticipating an evening of murder games. But things become all too real when an intruder is shot dead.

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The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place the following Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock. A group gathers and at that precise moment, the lights go out and a young hotel employee, Rudi Schertz, is shot. The police assume he had placed the ad and planned it as a robbery, but for Miss Marple it's not that obvious. She believes that the killer was likely one of the people in the room. When two of those present the evening of the murder are subsequently killed, it is left to Miss Marple to unravel a complex series of relationships and false identities, all centered around Randall Goedler a wealthy industrialist who had died 10 years earlier. Written by garykmcd

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Seven of the supporting cast of this episode have appeared in Doctor Who. Catherine Tate was Donna Noble, the companion of the tenth Doctor.Frances Barber has a recurring role as Madame Kovarian (eye-patch woman). Zoe Wanamaker was Cassandra in 'The End of the World' and 'New Earth'. Gerald Horan was Father of Mine in 'Family of Blood'. Robert Pugh was Tony Mack in 'The Hungry Earth', and Claire Skinner and Alexander Armstrong were Madge and Reg Arwell in the 2011 Christmas special, 'The Widow and the Wardrobe'. See more »

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When Bunny goes up to her room, there is a shot of a pill bottle label. It's spelled "Asprin" when the correct spelling should be "Aspirin". See more »

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Lizzie Hinchcliffe: [referring to advertisement] A what?
Amy Murgatroyd: A marriage!
Lizzie Hinchcliffe: [looks at newspaper] A murder.
Amy Murgatroyd: A murder! And it's today, this is even more exciting.
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Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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Easily one of the better Marple outings...
5 May 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Most of this episode I really enjoyed, though I didn't understand why they rushed Edmund's acceptance of his mother's relationship with Easterbrook, which although I can't remember, is not in the book. Also, Phillippa Haymes in the book had a husband who was supposedly deceased, and I felt that was missed here. I liked the acting, especially from Elaine Page and Zoe Wannamaker, who brought their characters to life, and also the story(generally), music and production values. But it just isn't a patch on the wonderful Joan Hickson series, which is vastly superior to this. Most of the Geraldine McEwan outings have been very disappointing, especially the ones when she isn't in the book, like Sittaford Mystery. I liked the execution of the lights going out scene, though in the Joan Hickson series that scene was very scary, and it wasn't particularly here. I wasn't hugely keen on Catherine Tate as the maid, and I felt her casting was a rather strange choice. However, I enjoyed this episode more than the other ones this series. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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