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.
A friend of Miss Marple's sees a woman being strangled in a passing train. When police cannot find a body and doubt the story, Miss Marple enlists professional housekeeper, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, to go undercover.
While on vacation at a resort hotel in the West Indies, Miss Marple correctly suspects that the apparently natural death of a retired British major is actually the work of a murderer planning yet another killing.
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
Kevin Whatley plays a Detective Sergeant, assistant to a Detective Inspector, a precursor to his role as Inspector Morse's assistant. His manner and style is so similar to Robbie Lewis, it would be easy to assume this show served as a direct segue. See more »
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 »
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 »
Like Jack who commented before me here, I saw this show over Christmas on UKTV Drama. I had never seen the Joan Hickson adaptations before now and when I saw the recent ITV Marple's I was told to watch the old BBC adaptations as they are far superior, and they are.
I feel the ITV versions are almost played as farcical comedy whereas the BBC versions are more serious and are far more intriguing and allowing you to get involved in the mystery and none more so than in 'A Murder Is Announced'. I literally had no idea who the culprit was right up until the very end and it was certainly a complex mystery, but an excellent one.
This was originally shown over 3 nights in 1985 however I saw it all in one 3 hour viewing, yet it certainly did not feel like that at all. Joan Hickson is brilliant as Miss Marple. The Geraldine McEwan take on Miss Marple is almost amateurish in comparison. The supporting cast here, including Joan Sims, Kevin Whately and Samantha Bond are all excellent and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has not yet seen it.
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