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.


John Strickland


Agatha Christie (novel), Stewart Harcourt (screenplay)
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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 (as Zöe Wanamaker)
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


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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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Did You Know?


Zoë Wanamaker (Letitia Blacklock ) and Christian Coulson (Edmund Swettenham) are both part of the Harry Potter Family. See more »


Bunny blinks after she is supposed to be dead in her bedroom at about 1:04:30. See more »


Lizzie Hinchcliffe: [referring to advertisement] A what?
Amy Murgatroyd: A marriage!
Lizzie Hinchcliffe: [looks at newspaper] A murder.
Amy Murgatroyd: A murder! And it's today, this is even more exciting.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, Zoë Wanamaker is misspelled "Zöe Wanamaker". See more »


Follows Marple: Agatha Christie's Marple (2004) See more »


(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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Marple's revenge... This time, it's personal!
29 December 2020 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

I'm often grateful for my lousy memory. I read Agatha Christie's novel of this awesome sleuth-story, but completely forget about the denouement. I only remember it was one of her best works. And since I also hadn't yet seen a previous film/TV-adaptation of this book, it almost felt like I was in for a total surprise.

The plot of "A Murder is Announced" is nearly flawless. It's the perfect whodunit, as far as I'm concerned. What starts as a seemingly banal and easily solvable case of attempted murder and suicide, gradually turns into a complex mystery in which every supportive character is a suspect and where eventually more and more murders must be committed to safeguard the culprit's identity. Miss Marple is initially just a spectator, subtle whispering hints into the ears of police constable Craddock, but near the end it also becomes very personal for her. Geraldine McEwan, a truly great actress, depicts the oppressed anger and forced dignity with great class.

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