Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
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Agatha Christie's Marple 

The Body in the Library (original title)
Dolly Bantry calls upon her old friend Miss Marple when the strangled corpse of an unknown blonde girl is found in the library of her home, Gossington Hall.

Director:

Andy Wilson

Writers:

Kevin Elyot (screenplay), Agatha Christie (novel)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine McEwan ... Miss Marple
Ian Richardson ... Conway Jefferson
Tara Fitzgerald ... Adelaide Jefferson
Jamie Theakston Jamie Theakston ... Mark Gaskell
Giles Oldershaw Giles Oldershaw ... Edwards
Florence Hoath Florence Hoath ... Pamela Reeves
Joanna Lumley ... Dolly Bantry
James Fox ... Colonel Arthur Bantry
Simon Callow ... Colonel Melchett
Ben Miller ... Basil Blake
Emma Cooke ... Dinah Lee
Robin Soans ... Dr. Haydock
Bruce Mackinnon ... Scamper (as Bruce MacKinnon)
Jack Davenport ... Superintendent Harper
Mary Stockley ... Josie Turner
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A young woman's corpse is dumped in the library of Gossington Hall, home of Jane Marple's friend Dolly Bantry and her husband Arthur. Pompous Chief Constable Melchett suspects a connection with Basil Blake, an arty young man who lives locally but Blake is dismissive when Melchett visits him. Then Superintendent Harper rings from the coastal town of Danemouth. Ruby Keane, a young girl employed as a dancer at the Majestic Hotel there, has gone missing, and her cousin Josie Turner identifies the corpse as Ruby's. Ruby is in favour with millionaire Conway Jefferson, whose own son and daughter were killed in a wartime air raid, and he wants to adopt her. His son-in-law Mark Gaskell, and daughter-in-law Adelaide react variously to the news. Miss Marple is convinced that the solution to Ruby's murder may be found at the hotel and she and Dolly book into a suite to investigate. There is no shortage of suspects, not only family members but the handsome Raymond Starr, another of the hotel's ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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Among others, Eileen Atkins and Annette Crosbie were considered for the part of Miss Marple's friend Dolly Bantry. The part was eventually given to Joanna Lumley, who calls herself a "die-hard Christie fan". See more »

Goofs

In the scene showing the Pier at "Danemouth", a modern double decker bus is visible driving past. See more »

Quotes

Miss Jane Marple: [a body has been found in the library of Arthur and Dolly Bantry] Oh, Dolly, what a terrible thing!
Dolly Bantry: I know. Rather thrilling, isn't it?
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Blue Moon
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Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
(dance music)
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Quirky
12 January 2005 | by pawebsterSee all my reviews

ITV are brave to redo Miss Marple when memories (and DVDs and reruns) of the Joan Hickson films are still pretty fresh. They have had the courage to do it differently -- as a kind of comic book version in lurid tones. This was a risky idea and I'm not sure it really comes off.

Geraldine McEwan is charming, quirky and fey in the role, but what is the role? Not Miss Marple as Agatha Christie intended, that's for sure. Miss Marple was never an emancipated woman. I have to admit, though, that Ms. McEwan's performance shows up the revered Joan Hickson portrayal as essentially dull and flat.

The worst thing, however, is the overacting. Simon Callow is one of Britain's foremost actors, so why this appalling performance? It's beyond caricature. And how did Jack Davenport get to play a superintendent of police (with a street trader accent) at the age of not much more than 30? Agatha Christie needs to be played straight -- or perhaps for laughs, as the old Margaret Rutherford films did it -- but this version does neither. Hmm.


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