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.


John Strickland


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





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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Release Date:

2 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Marple - Gyilkosság meghirdetve See more »

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Did You Know?


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 »


The passport photo was the wrong way. It was an old British passport - the large size with a stiff navy blue cover. The personal information page was correctly shown in 'portrait' format, but the photo on the opposite page was incorrectly orientated to a 'landscape' format page. 90 degrees wrong. See more »


Lizzie Hinchcliffe: Colonel Easterbrook! You really should drink more often!
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Crazy Credits

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


Follows Marple: Marple: What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw (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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The best of the bunch so far
28 January 2005 | by pawebsterSee all my reviews

This is the fourth of ITV's new Marple series and easily the best so far, in my opinion. The more grotesque aspects of the other films have been avoided here.

Geraldine McEwan is still a weird version of Miss Marple -- surely no one but no one ever imagined her like this, but she is endearing in her own right and the rest of the cast all act their parts well.

Why the lesbian relationship between two of the characters had to be emphasized, I do not know. In the original it is very understated. It is yawningly predictable that a version made in 2004 would play this aspect up.

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