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A Murder Is Announced 

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are summoned by a newspaper notice to the house of Letitia Blacklock, anticipating a murder game. But things become too real when someone 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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Trivia

Of the 19 credited actors in this episode 8 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', and Keeley Hawes was Ms Delphox in 'Time Heist' in 2014. 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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Guilty
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting and Harry Akst
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Al Bowlly
[heard while newspaper boy riding bicycle]
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"The best in an otherwise dire series."
24 February 2005 | by (Poole, Dorset) – See all my reviews

In the small English town of Chipping Cleghorn, a murder is announced in the local newspaper to take place at Mrs Blacklock's house later that evening. Several villagers go to her house thinking that it's a big practical joke. However, things take a sinister turn when the lights go out and shots are fired. None of the guests are murdered except that there is an unknown blonde man lying in the doorway shot dead.

By far and away the best entry in what has otherwise been a dire series. Director John Strickland directs with imaginative flair and has more of a feel for the mysterious atmosphere of the earlier adaptations and he must be commended for not allowing his actors to play it as if it's a wooden amateur dramatics matinée and this is one film that may stand up with the best of the past dramatisations of Christie's works such as David Suchet's Poirot and Joan Hickson's incarnation of Miss Marple.


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