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Miss Marple: The Body in the Library 

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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.









Series cast summary:
Gwen Watford ...  Mrs. Bantry / ... 3 episodes, 1984
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
Martin Read Martin 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


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 Moffatt is no stranger to the works of Agatha Christie. He had a minor role in Murder on the Orient Express (1974). He also played Poirot on Radio 4. See more »


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Followed by Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (1985) See more »

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A very good start
3 October 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

While I slightly prefer A Murder is Announced(my personal favourite of the 12 feature length adaptations) and Sleeping Murder, The Body in the Library is a beautifully done adaptation of a very good book. And yes, it is much better than the Geraldine McEwan version, which was spoiled significantly by that wretched ending. I know people will say it is unfair to rag on the Geraldine McEwan adaptations, but I have to admit while I don't despise them with the exception of about four they are disappointing, particularly Nemesis, Sittaford Mystery and At Bertram's Hotel.

Back to this version. While a tad overlong and a little slow, The Body in the Library is an interesting and very worthwhile adaptation, not to mention more faithful. It is lovingly photographed, with the photography, costumes and scenery as always beautiful, and the music is lovely. The story rarely loses interest, the direction is attentive and the script is sophisticated and thoughtful. The acting once again is very good, with Joan Hickson simply terrific as Miss Marple(and I concur with the reviewers who say she was the best Miss Marple, she is certainly the warmest and the wisest) and Gwen Watford delightful as Mrs Bantry. So in conclusion, a very good start to 12 worthwhile, beautifully filmed and thoughtfully acted and written adaptations with Joan Hickson. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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26 December 1984 (UK) See more »

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