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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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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 »


Miss Marple refers to a gun that is involved in the story as a Revolver. In fact the gun is a Luger pistol which is an automatic. Automatics use one or more stationary chambers, usually in the gun hand grip, to hold bullets. Revolvers use several chambers inside a cylinder, usually between the hand grip and the barrel, that rotates, to hold bullets. See more »


Patrick Simmons: I don't think Phillipa would try and be funny. She hasn't smiled since Goebbels poisoned his children.
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Version of Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (1985) See more »


(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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Intriguing and engaging mystery
25 June 2016 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

The local newspaper in the village of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished, and mostly amused, when a personal ad is posted announcing a murder. It gives the time and place, a house in the village. A party is being held at that time and place and at the exact time announced an intruder bursts in, wanting money. He fires a few shots, hitting one of the woman at the party, and leaves. Upon exiting the room, the party- goers find him dead in the next room, shot. He was a Swiss hotel concierge from the village. The police think it was a prank and that the man committed suicide after hitting the woman and panicking. Miss Marple is in the village and thinks it was murder.

Intriguing. Good mystery, with a lot of suspects but no obvious guilty party. Some interesting characters and complex relationships make for engaging viewing.

Cast includes Zoe Wanamaker, who appeared as Ariadne Oliver in several of the Poirot episodes, and Alexander Armstrong (of Armstrong and Miller fame) as Detective Inspector Craddock.

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