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)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine McEwan ... Miss Marple
Julian Wadham ... Kelvin Halliday
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 ... 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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During one of the flashbacks of the Funnybones performances, Edith plays a famous tune called "Sabre Dance" on the xylophone. However this would be impossible since the song was not composed until the 1940's and the flashbacks are said to be in 1934. See more »


Hugh Hornbeam: Miss Ballantine, how's tricks?
Eve Ballantine: Tricky.
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8 May 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I was quite taken aback by the reviews here, but for good reason. I read all of the Agatha Christie books and stories years and years ago. Truthfully I can't remember some of them in great detail. While I found "Sleeping Murder" confusing, I didn't realize nearly everything about Christie's story had been changed.

I'll also be brutally honest - I liked Joan Hickson's acting, but she wasn't my idea of Miss Marple. She wasn't lively enough. You know how it is, you read a book and you get a picture in your mind. Mine was always Helen Hayes, don't ask me why - a little old lady with bright eyes and a beautiful smile and a sharp mind. I have to agree - this Marple, Geraldine McEwan, is too knowing. Miss Marple in the books had a cheerful, nonthreatening way about her, and she always solved the mysteries by making a comparison to happenings in the village of St. Mary Mead.

Anyway, I digress - this story apparently retains very little of the original. It's gorgeous to look at - excellent production values, incredible landscapes and costumes, and period pieces. Sophia Myles was lovely as Gwenda. I couldn't figure out the relationships between the members of the comedy troupe either. Also, another reviewer is correct, nobody just picked up the phone from India and dashed off a call to England like it was one street over and vice versa.

The story, such as it is, is a good one. It's just not an Agatha Christie story.

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