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.


Andy Wilson


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


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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Release Date:

17 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Florence Hoath's second role in an Agatha Christie adaptation, after Innocent Lies (1995) - a film which deviated so far from Agatha Christie's work that her family asked for her name to not being included in the credits. See more »


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


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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Version of Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (1984) See more »


All of Me
Music by Gerald Marks
(dance music)
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A clever re-working
8 August 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

We all know the story, so I think it was bold of the writer to make a few edits and change things a bit, or there'd have been no need to make the series. Setting it in the 50's was a daring move, but I feel it paid off. She was a very different Jane Marple to Joan Hickson, scatty, clever and massively less shockable, she was a mature character that had a love interest and a modern outlook on life. I loved the cheeky glint in the eye she had. Fair to say I find almost all of Joan's productions superior I think this one stands up fairly well, it moves along at a nice pace. There are some great performances, Joanna Lumley, Simon Callow and Ben Miller are a great supporting cast. The music is splendid, Zadok the Priest, sets the tone. The scene where Geraldine says 'because when you're in love you think you're invincible, it blinds you,' is particularly moving. Who knows if the twist at the end was the right or wrong decision. I'm a huge Christie fan, and it didn't bother me, I was glad to see something different attempted.

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