Marple (2004–2013)
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The Pale Horse 

Miss Marple's priest friend is battered to death after visiting a dying woman. Seeking justice, she becomes entangled in an organization centered around an inn run by purported witches.


Andy Hay


Russell Lewis (screenplay), Agatha Christie (novel)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julia McKenzie ... Miss Marple
Nicholas Parsons Nicholas Parsons ... Father Gorman
Lynda Baron Lynda Baron ... Mrs. Coppins
Elizabeth Rider ... Mrs. Davis
JJ Feild ... Paul Osbourne
Jodie Hay Jodie Hay ... Bertie
Jason Merrells ... Dr. Kerrigan
Neil Pearson ... Inspector Lejeune
Jonathan Cake ... Mark Easterbrook
Nigel Planer ... Mr. Venables
Jenny Galloway ... Bella
Susan Lynch ... Sybil Stamfordis
Pauline Collins ... Thyrza Grey
Tom Ward ... Captain Cottam
Sarah Alexander ... Lydia Harsnet


Miss Marple is shocked when she receives a note from an old friend,Father Gorman only to read in the newspaper the very same day that he was murdered. He had attended a dying woman, Mrs. Davis, who died the previous evening and it was while he was on his way home that he was apparently attacked. The police have put it down to a mugging but the letter Miss Marple received from him intrigues her: a list of surnames and a quote from the bible. The policeman in charge of the case, Inspector Lejeune is skeptical about it all being a murder but when Miss Marple inspects Mrs. Davis' rooms, she finds an identical list to that sent to her by Father Gorman and also a reference to the Pale Horse Inn in Much Deeping, Hampshire. She soon checks into the inn and pursues her own investigation. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

10 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie Marple: The Pale Horse See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nicholas Parsons is no stranger to Miss Marple. He had previously appeared in a Margaret Rutherford Miss Marple film Murder Ahoy as Dr.Crump. See more »


When Inspector Lejeune is speaking to the Pathologist he says that the lining of Father Gorman's cassock was ripped. However Father Gorman was not wearing a cassock (a long black "frock"). He was wearing a conventional suit when he was attacked. See more »


[first lines]
Mrs Davis: August, qu'est-ce que tu bois? Shaw, Harmondsworth. God forgive me! Wickedness!
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Excellent mystery but poorly told and dramatized
13 June 2017 | by KingslaaySee all my reviews

The Pale Horse mystery by Agatha Christie is arguably one of her best stories. It is a story that is on another level and more than just a motive by one of the characters. We saw an elaborate scheme or set up that was almost fool proof. Witchcraft was the supposed centre and cause for many so called natural deaths. Dig deeper and you see a non practicing lawyer taking bets for predicting the deaths and the owner of the Pale Horse Inn also collecting money for the witchcraft. However digging deeper you find the true head of the scheme who is a figure in the dark that actually executes these murders carefully and disguising murder as natural causes. This story is so intriguing and remarkable that perhaps adding action and thriller on a bigger scale would be worthy of a James Bond film.

However the film adaptation was poorly executed. The story was told so badly that it was hard to follow in its entirety. Often stories are paced very badly. You have close to nothing revealed in 3/4 of the film and then a big complex story with no backstory is given quickly to close the case. The audience is wondering how we jumped from A to Z. Sadly a few Poirot episodes have followed the same trend with little revealed throughout and a hasty summary at the end. A good film would have clues distributed evenly before the big reveal. Overall great story but poorly told and portrayed.

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