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Agatha Christie's Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage 

The Murder at the Vicarage (original title)
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No one seems surprised when Colonel Protheroe is found murdered in the local vicarage. Red herrings abound, especially when his widow and her lover both confess to the murder.


Charlie Palmer (as Charles Palmer)


Agatha Christie (novel), Stephen Churchett (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine McEwan ... Miss Marple
John Owens ... Photographer
Jana Carpenter Jana Carpenter ... May Ainsworth
Tim McInnerny ... Rev. Leonard Clement
Siobhan Hayes ... Mary Hill
Rachael Stirling ... Griselda Clement
Julian Morris ... Dennis Clement
Mark Gatiss ... Ronald Hawes
Robert Powell ... Dr. Haydock
Jane Asher ... Mrs. Lester
Janet McTeer ... Anne Protheroe
Derek Jacobi ... Colonel Protheroe
Angela Pleasence ... Miss Hartnell
Miriam Margolyes ... Mrs. Price-Ridley
Christina Cole ... Lettice Protheroe


Colonel Lucius Protheroe is probably the least-liked individual in St Mary Mead. All resent his superior and demanding attitude. So, when he is found dead in the vicarage study, there is no end of suspects. His wife Ann was having an affair with a local artist, Lawrence Redding. His daughter Lettice bridled under his strict rule. There is also the vicar and his assistant, whom Protheroe suspected of stealing church funds. Finally, there is the mysterious Mrs. Lester with whom he clearly had some previous connection. Jane Marple, recuperating at home from a sprained ankle, had a bird's eye view of all the comings and goings at the vicarage around the time of the murder and she gladly assists Inspector Slack in solving the crime. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Did You Know?


This episode takes place in December 1915 and 1951. See more »


In the beginning of the film, when Miss Marple is ready to go to church, you can see a calendar on the table showing August 1951. On the calendar, the month begins with a Tuesday. In fact, the 1st of August 1951 was a Wednesday. See more »


Rev Leonard Clement: I could strangle Protheroe sometimes. May God forgive me.
Griselda Clement: I'd stab him.
Currate Ronald Hawes: I'd poison him.
Dennis Clement: I'd shoot him.
Lawrence Redding: Use my gun.
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Version of Mord im Pfarrhaus (1970) See more »

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Mildly interesting remake with Great Thespians
1 March 2005 | by Ricardo_TerceiroSee all my reviews

I loved Geraldine McEwan's performances over the years. Superb in a classic such as 'Mapp and Lucia' and even very much above average and underused in one certain Kenneth B.'s Shakespeare adaptation... Here she is just wasted. I may be biased. For me Joan Hickson *is* the Miss Marple for my generation (I'm 20-something). And my parents'. Margaret Rutherford played Miss Marple with her very own quirky departs from canon. It was still better than this. Production values are never an issue. They are excellent. And the script follows the book far more closely than dozens of others adaptations from Agatha Christie's work. And Geraldine(Dame Geraldine by now, surely) & Derek (Sir, ditto) manage to sparkle. Perhaps it's enough for what was basically 20th century pop-culture. 1930s, actually. But it leaves me longing for Joan Hickson, June Withfield(on BBC Radio 4) and that seems to render this new adaptation needless. Or perhaps just premature.

Still... 7/10

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19 December 2004 (USA) See more »

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Agatha Christie Marple: Muerte en la vicaría See more »

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