Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
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The Murder at the Vicarage 

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.


(as Charles Palmer)


(novel), (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Miss Marple
... Photographer
Jana Carpenter ... May Ainsworth
... Rev. Leonard Clement
Siobhan Hayes ... Mary Hill
... Griselda Clement
... Dennis Clement
... Ronald Hawes
... Dr. Haydock
... Mrs. Lester
... Anne Protheroe
... Colonel Protheroe
... Miss Hartnell
... Mrs. Price-Ridley
... 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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Release Date:

19 December 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie Marple: Muerte en la vicaría  »

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


At about minute 17 when the vicar greets Mrs. Lestrange she mentions the bible verse "to everything there is a season" which he wrongly attributes to Proverbs. It is actually from the book of Ecclesiastes. See more »


Miss Jane Marple: [referring to Colonel Protheroe] If he was shot at a quarter to seven, why would he have stopped in the middle of a sentence at twenty past six?
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Remake of Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage (1986) See more »

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Not sold on most recent Christie/Miss Marple
25 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

I hate to be the nay-sayer, but after reading positive comment after positive comment on the most recent Agatha Christie series, I feel I must needs be. There was no reason to remake the Miss Marple series with the remarkable Joan Hickson having so completely captured the character, and the productions in the 1980s being of such high standards. The current series is not only unnecessary, but a punch in the eye to anyone who reads Christie or believes in leaving a person works as unaltered as possible. The current productions supply us with sham characters, impossible events and plot complications that simply are not Chrisie's. In many ways we are getting revisionist claptrap.

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