Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
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A Murder Is Announced 

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are summoned by a newspaper notice to the house of Letitia Blacklock, anticipating a murder game. But things become too real when someone is shot dead.

Director:

John Strickland

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), Stewart Harcourt (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine McEwan ... Miss Marple
Christian Coulson ... Edmund Swettenham
Cherie Lunghi ... Sadie Swettenham
Robert Pugh ... Colonel Easterbrook
Keeley Hawes ... Phillipa Haymes
Zoë Wanamaker ... Letitia Blacklock
Claire Skinner ... Amy Murgatroyd
Frances Barber ... Lizzie Hinchcliffe
Elaine Paige ... Dora Bunner
Matthew Goode ... Patrick Simmons
Sienna Guillory ... Julia Simmons
Catherine Tate ... Mitzi Kosinski
Christian Rubeck ... Rudi Schertz (as Christian Pedersen)
Alexander Armstrong ... D.I. Dermot Craddock
Richard Dixon ... Rowlandson
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Storyline

The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place the following Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock. A group gathers and at that precise moment, the lights go out and a young hotel employee, Rudi Schertz, is shot. The police assume he had placed the ad and planned it as a robbery, but for Miss Marple it's not that obvious. She believes that the killer was likely one of the people in the room. When two of those present the evening of the murder are subsequently killed, it is left to Miss Marple to unravel a complex series of relationships and false identities, all centered around Randall Goedler a wealthy industrialist who had died 10 years earlier. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Marple - Gyilkosság meghirdetve See more »

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Stereo

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Trivia

Robert Pugh (Colonel Easterbrook) & Frances Barber (Lizzie Hinchcliffe) also worked together on episode 1.2, Death in Paradise: Wicked Wedding Night (2011), of Death in Paradise (2011) as Mike Watson & Diana Watson respectively, See more »

Goofs

When Bunny goes up to her room, there is a shot of a pill bottle label. It's spelled "Asprin" when the correct spelling should be "Aspirin". See more »

Quotes

Amy Murgatroyd: What do you think it means?
Lizzie Hinchcliffe: It means going round to Letitia Blacklock's and having bad sherry - that's what it means - and then having to pretend to murder one of the neighbours.
Amy Murgatroyd: And will the lights suddenly go out?
Lizzie Hinchcliffe: Well, that's usually the form.
Amy Murgatroyd: And will there be screaming?
Lizzie Hinchcliffe: Well, if you've got anything to do with it, yes, I expect so.
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Connections

Version of Goodyear Playhouse: A Murder Is Announced (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Guilty
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting and Harry Akst
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Al Bowlly
[heard while newspaper boy riding bicycle]
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Easily one of the better Marple outings...

Most of this episode I really enjoyed, though I didn't understand why they rushed Edmund's acceptance of his mother's relationship with Easterbrook, which although I can't remember, is not in the book. Also, Phillippa Haymes in the book had a husband who was supposedly deceased, and I felt that was missed here. I liked the acting, especially from Elaine Page and Zoe Wannamaker, who brought their characters to life, and also the story(generally), music and production values. But it just isn't a patch on the wonderful Joan Hickson series, which is vastly superior to this. Most of the Geraldine McEwan outings have been very disappointing, especially the ones when she isn't in the book, like Sittaford Mystery. I liked the execution of the lights going out scene, though in the Joan Hickson series that scene was very scary, and it wasn't particularly here. I wasn't hugely keen on Catherine Tate as the maid, and I felt her casting was a rather strange choice. However, I enjoyed this episode more than the other ones this series. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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