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Miss Marple: The Moving Finger 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Mini-Series (1985)
The normally friendly village of Lymston is plagued by vile anonymous letters. When a mother of three takes her own life, following such a letter, Ms. Marple is not at all convinced things are as they seem.
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Complete series cast summary:
Joan Hickson ...  Miss Marple 2 episodes, 1985
Michael Culver ...  Edward Symmington 2 episodes, 1985
Elizabeth Counsell Elizabeth Counsell ...  Angela Symmington 2 episodes, 1985
Deborah Appleby Deborah Appleby ...  Megan Hunter 2 episodes, 1985
Lucy Gleeson Lucy Gleeson ...  Robert Symmington 2 episodes, 1985
Stuart Mansfield Stuart Mansfield ...  James Symmington 2 episodes, 1985
Andrew Bicknell ...  Gerry Burton 2 episodes, 1985
Sabina Franklyn ...  Joanna Burton 2 episodes, 1985
Richard Pearson ...  Mr. Pye 2 episodes, 1985
Hilary Mason ...  Emily Barton 2 episodes, 1985
Dilys Hamlett ...  Maud Calthrop 2 episodes, 1985
John Arnatt ...  Rev. Guy Calthrop 2 episodes, 1985
Sandra Payne Sandra Payne ...  Eryl Griffith 2 episodes, 1985
Martin Fisk Martin Fisk ...  Owen Griffith 2 episodes, 1985
Penelope Lee Penelope Lee ...  Partridge 2 episodes, 1985
Juliet Waley Juliet Waley ...  Beatrice 2 episodes, 1985
Imogen Bickford-Smith Imogen Bickford-Smith ...  Elsie Holland 2 episodes, 1985
Gerald Sim ...  Coroner 2 episodes, 1985
Geoffrey Davion Geoffrey Davion ...  Police Superintendent Nash 2 episodes, 1985
Ninka Scott Ninka Scott ...  Miss Ginch 2 episodes, 1985
Patsy Smart ...  Mrs. Cleat 2 episodes, 1985
Gordon Rollings ...  Mr. Cleat 2 episodes, 1985
Michael Waterman Michael Waterman ...  George Ellis 2 episodes, 1985
Roger Ostime Roger Ostime ...  Detective Inspector Crawford 2 episodes, 1985
Victor Maddern ...  P.C. Johnson 2 episodes, 1985
Catherine Owen Catherine Owen ...  Rose 2 episodes, 1985
Carol Gleeson Carol Gleeson ...  Contralto 2 episodes, 1985
John Keenan John Keenan ...  Pianist 2 episodes, 1985
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Her old friend Maude Calthrop, wife of the village vicar, summons Miss Marple when several of the local residents receive a poison pen letter. All of the recipients thus far are men and all are accused of some act of moral turpitude. When the local solicitor's wife, Angela Symington, is found dead with a poison pen letter at her side, the coroner rules that she took her own life. Not surprisingly, Jane Marple disagrees and is convinced it was murder. When a second villager is killed, it appears Miss Marple is correct. She also deduces the real purpose of the letters. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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This movie, based on a novel by Agatha Christie, was directed by Roy Boulting. His brother Peter Cotes (born Sydney Boulting) directed the original production of Christie's famous play "The Mousetrap" in 1952. See more »

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The corpse of Mrs Symmington blinks while the doctor is examining her. See more »

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Miss Jane Marple: We are not put in this world to avoid danger - not when an innocent person's life is at stake!
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A beautifully produced tale of spite and murder.
4 May 2017 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The Moving Finger sees Miss Marple sort out the unpleasant events in the small idyllic village of Lymstock. The identity of a writer of spiteful poison pen (PP) letters is revealed, and a killer is unmasked.

There is a quality that ran through this series, and The Moving Finger is a particularly good offering. Joan Hickson gives the usual immaculate performance which cements her as the quintessential Spinster detective, and the accompanying cast do a great job.

The story is so full of spite and malice, a great book is very much brought to life, as a mystery you'll be kept guessing right until the end (if you've not read the book of course.) You get a true taste of the effects of the PP letters on the community, mistrust and gossip galore.

I especially like the performances of Andrew Bicknell and Sabina Franklyn, they do a great job as the unsuspecting Burtons, but it's the performance of Michael Culver (Symmington) that I most enjoy. Hilary Mason is also well cast as the vinegary Miss Barton.

THE PREMIUM version of The Moving Finger, 9/10


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21 February 1985 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hoxne, Suffolk, England, UK See more »

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Black and White (still photographs: of Gerry Burton's and Megan Hunter's trip to London)| Color

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1.33 : 1
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