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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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John Moffat 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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The Start of Something Good
23 December 2004 | by giddj002See all my reviews

A simple plot: a the body of a young woman is found in the library of a manor house in Kent. She can be traced to a sea-side hotel, and the list of suspects is endless. The police are baffled. So, who do you call in? Scotland Yard? The FBI? No. Just call Miss Marple, the elderly sleuth from St Mary Mead. She may look innocent, but her mind has plummeted the deaths of human inequity, and is as sharp as a meat cleaver.

This is the first of the twelve adaptations made by the BBC between 1984 and 1992, all featuring the late, great Joan Hickosn, who is regarded as the definitive Miss Marple. Hickson truly shines as Miss Marple, able to convey a sense of depth in the character, and to really capture Miss Marple as Christie described her: on the outside, seemingly dotty - a fluffy, gentle old lady more concerned with knitting than murder; but on the inside, a detective genius, but very modest, also.

The supporting cast are really quite good, too. Gwen Watford is delightful as Mrs Bantry, in whose library the body is found. Her dependence on Miss Marple, and the way that she acts as though Miss Marple were her nanny, always asking questions in a sweet, child-like way is quite charming. Moray Watson (whom you may recognise from the Darling Buds of May) is also very good as the proud, military man Colonel Bantry, who appears very strong, but, as Miss Marple says, like most military men, is unusually sensitive. The rest of the cast are good too, particularly, David Horovitch as Chief Inspector Slack, the zealous police officer who is always trying to outdo Miss Marple in detective skills, but rarely succeeds, much to his own chagrin!

The period detail is also excellent, and really recreates a Britsoh sea-side resort in the years directly after WWII, with people gradually starting to enjoy themselves again, and really getting into the swing of leisure, dinner and dancing. The costumes are realistic, as are the characters. The eventual solution will surprise you!

This adaptation far surpasses the new ITV series featuring Geraldine McEwan, who, in my opinion, is far too racy nd modern to play Miss Marple. If you want a more wholesome, realistic Miss Marple, who is more like the Miss Marple of the books, I highly recommend that you watch this.


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