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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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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

As the lights go out for the 'murder' Miss Murgatroyd is seen in the corner of the room between Mrs Easterbrook and Edmund Swettenham - nowhere near the door she is later said to be behind when it opens, thus she could not have been 'behind the light' as the only witness to 'who was not there'. See more »

Quotes

Dora Bunner: [looking at the tea cakes] They're terribly pink, aren't they?
Miss Jane Marple: Well, probably an artificial substitute for flavor.
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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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8 August 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I can understand why many people see this as the best of Joan Hickson's adaptations. The production values are so high, the casting director did a fantastic job and got every characterisation spot on. ITV's remake I did enjoy and compares well with this one, partly because it moves at a pace. This version is far more intricate, more detailed and of course more true to the novel. Joan Hickson was of course born to play Miss Marple, to this day I don't think anyone catch match her, she was incredible. It's funny, I was 5 when this was transmitted, and I have a vivid memory of the scene where Miss Murgatryod is strangled with her washing, think that's why I was so keen to watch them again (and again.) As with all Agatha Christie's it's the endings I enjoy, and this is one of the best, if you've not seen it, you are missing out. Ursula Howells, Renee Asherson and Paola Dionisotti are particularly brilliant. a definite no questions asked 10/10


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