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Miss Marple: The Body in the Library 

Amateur detective Miss Jane Marple investigates the murder of a young woman whose body is found in the library at Gossington Hall, home of Colonel and Mrs. Arthur Bantry.
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Series cast summary:
...  Mrs. Bantry / ... 3 episodes, 1984
Moray Watson ...  Colonel Bantry 3 episodes, 1984
...  Lorrimer 3 episodes, 1984
...  Colonel Melchett 3 episodes, 1984
...  Detective Inspector Slack 3 episodes, 1984
Andrew Cruickshank ...  Conway Jefferson 3 episodes, 1984
...  Raymond Starr 3 episodes, 1984
...  Josie Turner 3 episodes, 1984
Anthony Smee ...  Basil Blake 3 episodes, 1984
Sally Jane Jackson ...  Ruby Keene 3 episodes, 1984
...  Miss Marple 3 episodes, 1984
Raymond Francis ...  Sir Henry Clithering 2 episodes, 1984
...  Detective Constable Lake 2 episodes, 1984
...  Adelaide Jefferson 2 episodes, 1984
...  Edwards 2 episodes, 1984
Keith Drinkel ...  Mark Gaskell 2 episodes, 1984
Hugh Walters ...  Mr. Prescott 2 episodes, 1984
Martyn Read ...  Hugo McLean 2 episodes, 1984
Debbie Arnold ...  Dinah Lee 2 episodes, 1984
Andrew Downer ...  Peter Carmody 2 episodes, 1984
Colin Higgins ...  Malcolm 2 episodes, 1984
...  PC Palk 2 episodes, 1984
...  George Bartlett 2 episodes, 1984
Sidney Livingstone ...  Mr. Brogan 2 episodes, 1984
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BBC Adaption of Agatha Christie's novel; in the small village of St. Mary Mead, Colonel and Mrs. Bantry, owners of the local manor Gossington Hall, are shocked when a young lady's body is found in their library. They call in the police who soon run up against a brick wall; only finding out that the body is that of a dancer in London who the Bantrys didn't even know. But how and why was her body left in the library? To find out the truth, the Bantrys call in the help of their good friend Miss Jane Marple. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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John Moffat is no stranger to the works of Agatha Christie. He had a minor role in Murder on The Orient Express. He also played Poirot on Radio 4. See more »

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Surprisingly tight, given its extreme length
1 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

To be honest, a 2-and-a-half-hour episode of the Joan Hickson Miss Marple series may seem like a fearsome prospect to some, given the fact that most of the regular approximately 100-minute episodes feel slow and plodding. Surprisingly, "The Body In The Library" turns out to be not only the longest, but also probably the best-paced film in the series out of the 8 I've seen so far! The "body" of the title is discovered right away, and the murder investigation begins shortly afterwards. Therefore, you're caught up in the mystery before you have the chance to start worrying about its length. And this particular Agatha Christie story is thick enough to support that length: there are few slow spots, and although you might figure out bits of the plot (like the relevance of the second dead body), the revelation of the killer(s) is still a shocker! Personally I have not been crazy about Joan Hickson's interpretation of Miss Marple so far, but this is one of her best outings and she has some good introspective moments. The supporting cast is solid, and David Horovitch's Inspector Slack is (thankfully) not the off-putting loudmouth of such later episodes as "They Do It With Mirrors". (***)

EDIT: Having now seen all the Marple films twice, "The Body In The Library" is, in my opinion, the best of the series. If you don't like this, "A Murder Is Announced" and "Nemesis", don't even bother with the rest.


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