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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

In another Miss Marple Inspector Craddock tells Inspector Slack that MissMarple is his aunt. 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

Version of Agatha Christie's Marple: A Murder Is Announced (2005) 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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29 May 2002 | by ALS1See all my reviews

I'm a fan of the genre. I have the aforementioned rewind button. I loved the show.

I didn't find it too implausible, considering that this did take place in the 1950s (no faxes, e-mail or digital cameras), and I thought it possible and plausible that the people in question could assume someone else's identity, especially as their performances were being given for the benefit of people who hadn't seen the "original identity holders" in many years, if at all.

Hints at Hinchcliffe's and Murgatroyd's lesbian "partnership," without ever coming directly across and labeling it (although it does more broadly hint at the relationship than Agatha Christie's original novel). Issues of youthful Communism and unrequited love are almost too felicitously handled, although one wishes that real life could be this uncomplicated!

Watch for a spunky performance from Samantha Bond (now universally recognized as Miss Moneypenny in the 007 series). Paola Dionisotti (The House of Elliott) is also greatly likable as Miss Hinchcliffe.


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