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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 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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28 February 1985 (UK) See more »

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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced See more »

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Trivia

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 »

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

[Mrs Harmon nearly trips over her cat]
Mrs. Harmon: Oh, do be careful, Delilah!
Det. Inspector Craddock: Delilah?
Mrs. Harmon: My husband named her that. I'm afraid her moral standards are rather similar!
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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 Moving Finger (1985) 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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One of the best of the BBC's Miss Marple series
2 January 2005 | by Raquel10See all my reviews

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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