Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
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Sleeping Murder 

Gwenda Halliday, a wealthy young Englishwoman recently emigrated from India, intuitively buys a seaside manor house, where she re-experiences a murder.


Edward Hall


Stephen Churchett (screenplay), Agatha Christie (novel)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine McEwan ... Miss Marple
Julian Wadham ... Kelvin Halliday
Emilio Doorgasingh Emilio Doorgasingh ... Sergant Desai
Sophia Myles ... Gwenda Halliday
Aidan McArdle ... Hugh Hornbeam
Harry Treadaway ... George Erskine
Richard Bremmer ... Mr Sims
Anna-Louise Plowman ... Helen Marsden
Harriet Walter ... Duchess of Malfi
Greg Hicks ... Ferdinand
Mary Healey ... Shop Assistant
Peter Serafinowicz ... Walter Fane
Una Stubbs ... Mrs Pagett
Helen Coker Helen Coker ... Lily Tutt
Paul McGann ... Dickie Erskine


Gwenda Halliday moves to England from India and moves into a house in a seaside village. She will soon be married and needs to renovate the house first. However, she keeps getting the strange feeling that she's been in the house before even though, as far as she is aware, she has never been in England before. Then a view of a part of the house sparks an image of a murder in her mind, and she gets extremely agitated. Her assistant, Hugh Hornbeam, is worried about her and calls in a friend, Miss Marple. It turns out Ms Halliday has previously lived in England, in that same house. Written by grantss

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

5 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie - Marple: Sleeping Murder See more »

Filming Locations:

Sidmouth, Devon, England, UK

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1.78 : 1
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The scene of the Savoy entrance in the 1950s the Hotel is flying the Maple Leaf Flag which Canada did not adopt until 1964. See more »


Miss Jane Marple: It was long time. Do you really want to rake up the past? Who knows what we may find?
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Version of Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder (1987) See more »

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I like it, and i have read the book..
13 July 2008 | by bjobreiSee all my reviews

Here's a thought. In filmed adaption of crime novels, more often than not-the plot is changed. Often radically. Does it spoil the story ? If you expect the film to be like a book summary, yes. But an adaption is a film, a totally different medium, BASED on the book. Now does this justify the changes made to Dame Agathas novel ? Does it make the story more suitable for film ?That is for anyone to comment, but please. Do not slaughter the movie for not being accurate to every novel detail. In my humble opinion, the changes does make the story more interesting. I love Agatha Christies books, but I always found her Poirot-stories more suitable for film adaption. At least if one wants the adaption to be faithful to the novel. I agree with most commentators here, the Hickson Marple is far more accurate with the novels in mind. But the changed Marple like this one is more colorful, more vivid and hence more entertaining. The acting is excellent, the filming is stunning and the mystery is certainly adequate. There are little holes in the plot, but there is nothing new in that. All in all, well done- and a brave adaption to put some freshness into the sometimes-please forgive me all you faithful-slightly boring Marplestories.

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