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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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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When the corpse of Rudi Scherz is being examined and his mask is pulled off, he shuts his eyes tighter and then relaxes them again. 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 »


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 adaptation of a brilliant book
11 October 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The book A Murder Is Announced is a brilliant book, one of my favourite Agatha Christies, intricately woven and quite complex. This adaptation is a million times better than the Geraldine McEwan version, and not only was it faithful to the book, but it almost surpassed it. The adaptation is lovingly photographed, with stunning locations and costumes. The music is beautiful, reminds me a bit of a day in the country, peaceful and relaxing. The script is well crafted, the plot is brilliantly constructed and like I've said already, the adaptation is very faithful to the book. The lights-going-off scene was very haunting, and gave me nightmares when I first saw this when I was 11, six years ago, just like in the book, that scene was underplayed in the Geraldine McEwan version. The acting was very, very good, Joan Hickson doesn't just play Miss Marple, she IS Miss Marple. There was one scene with a sideways close up into Hickson's face, and that moment in particular was extraordinary. Samantha Bond was lovely as Julia, and Ursula Howells was superb as Letitia Blacklock. Joan Sims also delights as Amy Murgatroyd, and before he did Inspector Morse Kevin Whately did this, and he is a breath of fresh air as Sergeant Fletcher. Everyone else was just as superb. In fact, I have no criticisms of this at all, the ending will have you completely by surprise if you haven't read the book, the length was just right and everything about this was delightful. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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