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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Music by Richard A. Whiting and Harry Akst
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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Marvellous Wanamaker,Excellent McEwan
10 February 2006 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

A splendid edition of Announced, basically faithful in spirit and plot line to the original, and played with uncanny style and skill by Zoe Wanamaker in excellent form.The chemistry among Letiltia Blacklock and her friend Bunny(a great Elaine Page) is perfect,giving a deep insight in their friendship and in their mutually protective relationship,and offering to us a touch of poetry in the dramatic ending, when everything is solved by a formidable Geraldine McEwan .The middle age love story among Cherie Lunghi and Robert Pugh ,even if not present in the novel,is delicate and moving.And Sienna Guillory, with her dark,looming ,menacing presence is the absolute,ultimate Christie dark lady.Excellent,excellent,excellent!


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