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Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced 

An unusual announcement in the newspaper leads the curious villagers to Miss Blacklock's home, where they become witnesses to a murder.
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Complete series cast summary:
Joan Hickson ...  Miss Marple 3 episodes, 1985
Ursula Howells ...  Miss Blacklock 3 episodes, 1985
Samantha Bond ...  Julia Simmons 3 episodes, 1985
Simon Shepherd ...  Patrick Simmons 3 episodes, 1985
Nicola King Nicola King ...  Phillipa Haymes 3 episodes, 1985
Elaine Ives-Cameron Elaine Ives-Cameron ...  Hannah 3 episodes, 1985
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ...  Colonel Easterbrook 3 episodes, 1985
Sylvia Syms ...  Mrs. Easterbrook 3 episodes, 1985
Matthew Solon Matthew Solon ...  Edmund Swettenham 3 episodes, 1985
Mary Kerridge ...  Mrs. Swettenham 3 episodes, 1985
Joan Sims ...  Miss Murgatroyd 3 episodes, 1985
Paola Dionisotti ...  Miss Hinchcliffe 3 episodes, 1985
Vivienne Moore Vivienne Moore ...  Mrs. Harmon 3 episodes, 1985
David Collings ...  Reverend Harmon 3 episodes, 1985
Richard Bebb Richard Bebb ...  Rydesdale 3 episodes, 1985
John Castle ...  Detective Inspector Craddock 3 episodes, 1985
Kevin Whately ...  Detective Sergeant Fletcher 3 episodes, 1985
Renée Asherson ...  Miss Bunner 2 episodes, 1985
Liz Crowther Liz Crowther ...  Myrna Harris 2 episodes, 1985
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Storyline

A murder is announced in the Chipping Cleghorne Gazette to take place on October 5th, 7 PM at Little Paddocks cottage. The people living there, retired secretary Miss Blacklock, her companion Miss Bunner, Miss Blacklock's two distant cousins, Patrick and Julia and Mrs.Haymes, a gardener, have no idea what the ad is about. Several villagers arrive at the house under the false pretenses of "just walking by" or "Was in the neighborhood". At exactly 7 PM, the lights go out, and a man enters the room, and shines a flashlight in everyone's face. Then shots are heard. As the lights come back on, they find the man who entered the room has been shot. Miss Marple must unmask the killer but soon more murders turn up. Written by <hatchetts13@webtv.net>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Trivia

In the film you hear of a son called Harry; at the end of the film there is a wedding and you see the son, played by Simon Rose who lived in the village of Powerstock where the film was shot. See more »

Goofs

We see flowering Daffodils, typically a spring flower. But Edmund Swettenham asks Philippa for some pumpkins and Mrs. Edmund Swettenham comes to bring some apples from her harvest. Both, pumpkins and apples are produced late summer/autumn. See more »

Quotes

Miss Lettie Blacklock: Is this your idea of a joke, Patrick?
Patrick Simmons: I can think of much better jokes than announcing a murder in the local rag!
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Alternate Versions

The song Hinch sings while Murgatroyd is murdered varies from version to version. For example, the late-90s US Warner VHS uses "Shall We Dance?" and the 2014 US Blu-ray and DVD use "Got the Sun in the Mornin' (and the Moon at Night)". IMDb's and other soundtrack listings mention "Sing for Your Supper" and that may be a third alternative. It is unclear so far if this is a localization or copyright issue, or which if any is the "correct" song. See more »

Connections

Follows Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

""I Got the Sun in the Morning (and the Moon at Night)""
Music & Lyrics by Irving Berlin
(From musical: Annie Get Your Gun)
Sung by Paola Dionisotti
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Delightful
23 December 2004 | by giddj002See all my reviews

This is, in my opinion, Christie's best Miss Marple book. The plot is ingenious, carefully woven and highly intricate. The ending is pure brilliance, and you will kick yourself because you didn't guess the identity earlier.

This BBC adaptation is also superb. It has a suitable running length, enough time for the viewer to absorb the information given to them, and Joan Hickson excels as Miss Marple. Her apparent scattiness hides her true genius to the rest of the cast, and Joan Hickson is perfect at playing Miss Marple in this way; far better than Margaret Rutherford and Geraldine McEwan's dreadful attempts . The supporting cast are also very good, featuring Ursulla Howles, Paola Dionisotti, Joan Sims, Sylvia Syms, Kevin Whately and Simon Shepard (of 'Peak Practice' Fame).

Having read the book very recently, and then watched this adaptation over Christmas on UKTV Gold, I can say that the plot is faithful to the original tome. I can highly recommend it.


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Release Date:

28 February 1985 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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