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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:
...  Miss Marple 2 episodes, 1985
...  Edward Symmington 2 episodes, 1985
...  Angela Symmington 2 episodes, 1985
Deborah Appleby ...  Megan Hunter 2 episodes, 1985
Lucy Gleeson ...  Robert Symmington 2 episodes, 1985
Stuart Mansfield ...  James Symmington 2 episodes, 1985
...  Gerry Burton 2 episodes, 1985
...  Joanna Burton 2 episodes, 1985
Richard Pearson ...  Mr. Pye 2 episodes, 1985
...  Emily Barton 2 episodes, 1985
...  Maud Calthrop 2 episodes, 1985
...  Rev. Guy Calthrop 2 episodes, 1985
Sandra Payne ...  Eryl Griffith 2 episodes, 1985
Martin Fisk ...  Owen Griffith 2 episodes, 1985
Penelope Lee ...  Partridge 2 episodes, 1985
Juliet Waley ...  Beatrice 2 episodes, 1985
Imogen Bickford-Smith ...  Elsie Holland 2 episodes, 1985
Gerald Sim ...  Coroner 2 episodes, 1985
Geoffrey Davion ...  Police Superintendent Nash 2 episodes, 1985
Ninka Scott ...  Miss Ginch 2 episodes, 1985
...  Mrs. Cleat 2 episodes, 1985
...  Mr. Cleat 2 episodes, 1985
Michael Waterman ...  George Ellis 2 episodes, 1985
Roger Ostime ...  Detective Inspector Crawford 2 episodes, 1985
...  P.C. Johnson 2 episodes, 1985
Catherine Owen ...  Rose 2 episodes, 1985
Carol Gleeson ...  Contralto 2 episodes, 1985
John Keenan ...  Pianist 2 episodes, 1985


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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21 February 1985 (UK)  »

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

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Just before the meeting of the maid and her boyfriend on the bridge, there is a view of Willie Lott's cottage in Suffolk, famous because it appears in John Constable's 1821 painting The Hay Wain. See more »


After Mr. Pye pours out sherry for his guests, the carafe is seen to be almost empty. On refilling their glasses a short while later the carafe appears half full. See more »


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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Followed by Miss Marple: They Do It with Mirrors (1991) See more »

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Poor Ted
27 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Oh dear, poor Ted, he seems, from his email address to be in Education, and one would suspect that his academic speciality is "Mystery Writers". A pity, excessive analysis over the years appears to have rather distorted his power of judgement. I was lucky enough to have been brought up in 1950s England, and I have never seen a series which more accurately reflects the life and people I remember then, less the murders of course! The real problem Ted has with the whole series is revealed in this comment: "At least this one emphasizes the obnoxious, mousey character of Jane more than the others." He just doesn't like Joan Hickson's characterisation. Well, sorry old chap, I knew many friends of my grandparents who were extremely similar to this Miss Marple, intelligent ladies of the Raj who had returned to England or daughters of the prewar middle class coping with the new society that was being shaped. They were used to a 'certain standard' in all things. Behind the fierce formal exterior, though, there was a twinkle, although often buried quite deeply. If Ted doesn't like this Joan Hickson characterisation, then I'm pretty sure he would have not have got on with Agatha Christie either. Probably Erle Stanley Gardner's more his type! This episode is up to the standard of the rest of the series, and it was directed by Roy Boulting, who would also remember this time well since it was his heyday at Shepperton Studios, producing classics like 'I'm alright Jack'. Hence the accuracy of the period feel. If you want to see Miss Marple really messed up, then check out the new 2004 series featuring Geraldine McEwan, whom I admire in the right part (Mapp and Lucia for example). But she is NOT Miss Marple, Miss Hickson IS.

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