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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Amy Murgatroyd: What do you think it means?
Lizzie Hinchcliffe: It means going round to Letitia Blacklock's and having bad sherry - that's what it means - and then having to pretend to murder one of the neighbours.
Amy Murgatroyd: And will the lights suddenly go out?
Lizzie Hinchcliffe: Well, that's usually the form.
Amy Murgatroyd: And will there be screaming?
Lizzie Hinchcliffe: Well, if you've got anything to do with it, yes, I expect so.
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the usual lack of enthusiasm for this series
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I really have to go back and read these books and watch the Joan Hickson series, which I liked, or stop watching the Geraldine McEwan series. I don't remember the exact plots and characters of all these stories so I watch them and unable to totally trash them.

In A Murder is Announced, from 2005, residents of Chipping Cleghorn see an ad in the paper that a murder will occur -- and gives the address of where it will happen, the date, and time. Several people go to the home, that of a Letitia Blacklock.

At the appointed time, the lights go out, and a young man named Rudi, who works at a hotel, is shot. The police think he put the ad in the paper, intending to commit robbery, but Miss Marple doesn't think so. The killer, she believes,was in the room. Then two more of the attendees are murdered.

Miss Marple finds out that these murders are connected to a murder of an industrialist ten years earlier, and she becomes mired in complicated relationships and fake identities.

All I read on this site is Joan Hickson, Joan Hickson, Joan Hickson. I wasn't crazy about her. I'm so glad we don't use real names on this site - I'd be murdered in my bed. She did NOTHING for me. I always pictured Miss Marple as a sweet little old lady, sort of like Helen Hayes, who was a keen observer of people and could figure out mysteries based on knowing human nature.

Okay, this isn't that - McEwan plays Marple as if she is a smarty-pants who actively involves herself in these crimes. Not to take anything away from her acting -- as someone else says, she has to work with the script she has.

This story was okay -- it is a strong Christie book and not altered too heavily. Enjoyable.


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