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Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder (1987)

When a young bride moves into a country manor, long repressed childhood memories of witnessing a murder come to the surface.

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John Davies

Writer:

Ken Taylor (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Hickson ... Miss Marple
Geraldine Alexander ... Gwenda Reed
John Moulder-Brown ... Giles Reed
Frederick Treves ... Doctor James Kennedy
Jean Anderson ... Mrs. Fane
Terrence Hardiman ... Walter Fane
John Bennett ... Richard Erskine
Geraldine Newman ... Janet Erskine
Jack Watson ... Mr. Foster
Joan Scott ... Mrs. Cocker
Jean Heywood ... Edith Paget
Georgine Anderson ... Mrs. Hengrave
Edward Jewesbury ... Mr. Sims
David McAlister ... Raymond West
Amanda Boxer ... Joan West
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Storyline

BBC TV adaption of the Agatha Christie's novel. A young recently married woman, Gwenda Reed, comes back to England after living most of her life in New Zealand. While her husband, Giles, is out of the country she buys a house for them and starts recalling memories which make her start to think that perhaps she had lived in the house before. It's only then, while dining out with friends, that a chance remark triggered off a frightening memory, as a little girl, looking down at a woman's body and the murderer with "monkey paws" hands. Gwenda is determined to find out the sources of this memory. The killer, thought that he/she was safe after eighteen years and is prepared to kill to cover up the past. But Gwenda has help as one of her dining friends is Raymond West, who has a very special Aunt who is willing to help Gwenda - Miss Jane Marple... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Release Date:

11 January 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Esmond Kinight who has a short role as a retired estate agent died shortly after first broadcasting of this serial. See more »

Goofs

In Part 2, Gwenda mentions that her step-mother Helen went missing "about 20 years ago" & "shortly before the War" (i.e. mid- to late 1930s), which means that this story is, in fact, set in the 1950s (as are most of the Joan Hickson Miss Marple adaptations). Thus, the yellow car may not be an anachronism at all.

The "posh car" owned by the tour bus company owner is a bright yellow roadster that looks suspiciously like a 1957 Ford Thunderbird, though it may have been a British make of similar design. But the headlights and taillights are unmistakably from the period of 1955-1957. If this mystery series is set in the post-WWII era of 1946-48, that car would have been about 10 years before its time. See more »

Quotes

Miss Jane Marple: Good advice is almost certain to be ignored, but that's no reason for not giving it.
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Entertaining
30 March 2006 | by francyndraSee all my reviews

What a film! Watching 'Sleeping Murder' scared me more than any other Miss Marple film, mainly due to the suspense. The version with Joan Hickson was much, much better than that with Geraldine McEwan, mainly because the director stuck to the plot and didn't add a silly romance between the protagonist and her aide to supposedly warm the hearts of the audience. I thought that the house used was just right, and the gradual tension brought about by new discoveries (some gruesome) added a thrill to the plot. The main actress came across as a genuine damsel in distress and her husband loyal and devoted. One of the few films to make me frightened.


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