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Agatha Christie's Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage 

The Murder at the Vicarage (original title)
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)

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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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Release Date:

19 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie Marple: Muerte en la vicaría See more »

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Did You Know?


Julie Cox (who plays a young Miss Marple), Marc Warren (who plays Captain Ainsworth), and Rachael Stirling (Griselda Clement) all appeared together in the Agatha Christie's Poirot episode "Five Little Pigs" 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 »


DI Slack: So the vicar's called away with a bogus message. Murderer comes in through the garden. Victim writing note with back turned.
[mimes shooting the dead Colonel Protheroe at the desk]
DI Slack: That's how and when; just why and who.
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Engaging and intriguing
11 June 2016 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Welcome to the village of St Mary Mead. There's the vicar, Leonard Clement, his son Dennis and his young wife Griselda; Colonel Protheroe, his younger wife Anne and his daughter Lettice; the young artist, Lawrence Redding; Mrs Lester, a woman busybody-like person with a mysterious agenda...and Miss Jane Marple. Colonel Protheroe is a loud, bullying, intrusive, obnoxious man and is universally disliked, even by his family. His wife is having an affair with Mr Redding. One evening he is murdered while visiting the vicarage. Miss Marple investigates.

Quite engaging - the characters are given depth and we get to see the dynamics of the village before the crime is committed. Intriguing - a few red herrings, and just when you think you know who did it, your theories are debunked.

Reasonably emotional too, as we revisit a relationship from Miss Marple's past and how it relates to the case.

Some big names in the supporting cast: Janet McTeer, Derek Jacobi, Tim McInnerny (of Blackadder fame), Jane Asher, Jason Flemyng and Herbert Lom.

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