Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
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Ordeal by Innocence 

Old wounds are reopened for the Argyle family when a man suddenly turns up after being abroad and claims that the black sheep of the family could not have murdered its tyrannical matriarch.


Moira Armstrong


Agatha Christie (novel), Stewart Harcourt (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine McEwan ... Miss Marple
Juliet Stevenson ... Gwenda Vaughn
Denis Lawson ... Leo Argyle
Alison Steadman ... Kirsten Lindstrom
Richard Armitage ... Philip Durrant
Stephanie Leonidas ... Hester Argyle
Lisa Stansfield ... Mary Durrant
Burn Gorman ... Jacko Argyle
Jane Seymour ... Rachel Argyle
Tom Riley ... Bobby Argyle
Reece Shearsmith ... Inspector Huish
Julian Rhind-Tutt ... Dr Arthur Calgary (as Julian Rhind Tutt)
Bryan Dick ... Micky Argyle
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Tina Argyle (as Gugu Mbatha Raw)
Andrea Lowe ... Maureen


Miss Marple is invited to the wedding of a friend, but the gaieties are interrupted when a stranger arrives; he provides the missing evidence which proves that the black sheep of the family, Jacko, was wrongfully hanged for murder. This raises the question of who in the household did kill the cold-hearted mistress of the house two years previously. As usual, Miss Marple is needed to uncover the hatred, jealousy, lust etc. behind the family's facade and sort out the threads of the mystery. Written by Lone Andersen

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

19 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Marple - Az alibi See more »

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Did You Know?


When Cambridge scientist Dr. Arthur Calgary says he has recently returned from the Arctic, Mickey Argyle asks whether he was on the presumably fictional Hayes Birley Expedition. This may have been named for Isaac Israel Hayes who led northern expeditions the 1850s and 1860s, and Cambridge researcher Brian Birley Roberts who did the same in the 1930s. See more »


A modern-day motorhome can be seen in the background over Gwenda's shoulder as the camera pans round when she meets Miss Marple at her arrival. See more »

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Ordeal for true Christie fans
15 November 2008 | by praed_streetSee all my reviews

Whether readers today are "sharper" or not, with these new Marples it's not a matter of reading "between the lines," because in all too many cases the lines have been totally rewritten! Dame Agatha would not have approved of having her work trashed by modern-day scriptwriters. Rewriting her stories (and solutions!), changing the characters, etc.: it's abomination. This new Miss Marple was in her own way as absurd a creation as Margaret Rutherford's version (which at least was not meant to be taken seriously). No one who respects Christie's work would approve of these films. I won't comment on her grandson, except to say that unfortunately not all descendants live up to their forebears.

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