Agatha Christie's 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?


If you look closely at the names of the crew in the closing credits (after the cast of characters), you will see certain names have a red letter in them. The letters spell out GOODY CARNE, the name of the "witch" in the execution reenactment scene. 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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Watchable but please read the book
7 July 2012 | by marcandjaninaSee all my reviews

As soon as I saw this production titled as Miss Marple I groaned. The book is narrated by Mark Easterbrook who helps solves the crime and Miss Marple is nowhere to be seen. Yes I'm a purist (as one reviewer describes those of us who wonder why screenwriters have to re-hash Ms Christie's stories). The book/story doesn't need to be changed or dragged into the 21st century, it's set in the late 1950's/1960's and is a very good read. It doesn't need to be dumbed down as the writers of this current series of Miss Marple think. I don't like Julie McKenzie as Marple and won't be watching her again (what does she have in her mouth? 'yesh', she says, 'I'm shomewhat apprehenshive myshelf' and 'show, to the lashht shhtep' aaghh). Anyway, from an extremely good book, with an excellent story, this production is a third rate amateur effort (Pauline Collins comes to mind). I can understand one reviewer not understanding what was going on, and another reviewer wondered where all Miss M's clues come from; the screenwriter messed up.All I can say is read the book. Please.

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