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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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Gwen Watford ...  Mrs. Bantry / ... 3 episodes, 1984
Moray Watson Moray Watson ...  Colonel Bantry 3 episodes, 1984
Valentine Dyall ...  Lorrimer 3 episodes, 1984
Frederick Jaeger ...  Colonel Melchett 3 episodes, 1984
David Horovitch ...  Detective Inspector Slack 3 episodes, 1984
Andrew Cruickshank Andrew Cruickshank ...  Conway Jefferson 3 episodes, 1984
Jess Conrad ...  Raymond Starr 3 episodes, 1984
Trudie Styler ...  Josie Turner 3 episodes, 1984
Anthony Smee Anthony Smee ...  Basil Blake 3 episodes, 1984
Sally Jane Jackson Sally Jane Jackson ...  Ruby Keene 3 episodes, 1984
Joan Hickson ...  Miss Marple 3 episodes, 1984
Raymond Francis Raymond Francis ...  Sir Henry Clithering 2 episodes, 1984
Ian Brimble ...  Detective Constable Lake 2 episodes, 1984
Ciaran Madden ...  Adelaide Jefferson 2 episodes, 1984
John Moffatt ...  Edwards 2 episodes, 1984
Keith Drinkel Keith Drinkel ...  Mark Gaskell 2 episodes, 1984
Hugh Walters Hugh Walters ...  Mr. Prescott 2 episodes, 1984
Martyn Read Martyn Read ...  Hugo McLean 2 episodes, 1984
Debbie Arnold Debbie Arnold ...  Dinah Lee 2 episodes, 1984
Andrew Downer Andrew Downer ...  Peter Carmody 2 episodes, 1984
Colin Higgins Colin Higgins ...  Malcolm 2 episodes, 1984
John Bardon ...  PC Palk 2 episodes, 1984
Arthur Bostrom ...  George Bartlett 2 episodes, 1984
Sidney Livingstone 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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26 December 1984 (UK) See more »

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(2 parts) | (DVD)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Andrew Cruickshank had a previous encounter with Miss Marple, in film Murder Most Foul with Margaret Rutherford in he had a cameo role of a judge. See more »

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28 December 2007 | by luxetveritas3See all my reviews

For a Christie near-addict, I find it difficult to even watch the Geraldine McEwan versions...esp. since Hickson was so flawless! I gather Christie herself had chosen her originally. Geraldine: way to ditsy. Rutherford: trying too hard to be comical and the novels are not comedies ! Hickson is scarily CONVINCING as the amazingly shrewd, analytical "old maid" who can still flutter and cluck on occasion...but the intelligence she brings to the role should discourage others. It's like Olivier in Richard III...and possibly Henry V. Case closed; find something else to play. Also: why fiddle with the setting? Christie set it in prewar England. And the supporting cast: most of whom I gather have sadly passed on--just show how deep the "bench" was in the matter of character actors of a certain generation. I doubt you could rustle up the same caliber today.


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