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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage (1986)

Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage (original title)
Faced with two false confessions and numerous suspects after a despised civil magistrate is found shot in the local vicarage, Detective Inspector Slack reluctantly accepts help from Miss Marple.

Director:

Julian Amyes

Writer:

T.R. Bowen (dramatised by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Hickson ... Miss Marple
Paul Eddington ... Reverend Leonard Clement
Cheryl Campbell ... Griselda Clement
Robert Lang ... Colonel Lucius Protheroe
Polly Adams ... Ann Protheroe
Tara MacGowran ... Lettice Protheroe
James Hazeldine ... Lawrence Redding
Christopher Good ... Christopher Hawes
Norma West ... Mrs. Lestrange
Michael Browning ... Dr. Haydock
David Horovitch ... Det. Inspector Slack
Ian Brimble ... Det. Sergeant Lake
Jack Galloway Jack Galloway ... Bill Archer
Rachel Weaver ... Mary Wright
Rosalie Crutchley ... Mrs. Price-Ridley
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When a despised magistrate is found shot to death in the library of the local vicarage, his wife and her lover, a portrait painter living on the church grounds, both confess to the crime. Miss Marple's keen powers of observation clear both of them of the crime, but other suspects abound. Included are the murdered man's daughter, who posed for the artist, a neurotic cleric who's embezzled church funds, the local doctor, an ex-convict who poached on the magistrate's land, and a missionary's enigmatic widow who argued with him the day before he was killed. An exasperated Inspector Slack must reluctantly accept help from the analytical Miss Marple. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Based on the book that marks the debut of Miss Marple. See more »

Goofs

"To everything there is a season" is from Ecclesiastes, not Proverbs. See more »

Quotes

Detective Inspector Slack: I thought it was looking too good to be true. I shoulds known better! Soon as I saw that nice looking, gray-haired cobra sliding about, I shoulda known better
Detective Sergeant Lake: Hunh?
Detective Inspector Slack: The Marple woman sticks to this sort of business like chewing gum to the cat.
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Crazy Credits

Robert Lang (Colonel Lucius Protheroe) was omitted from the closing credits even though his name appeared in the opening titles and he played a significant role in the opening scenes before his character was murdered. See more »

Connections

Followed by Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

The Entertainer
(uncredited)
Written by Scott Joplin
[Lettice plays on piano]
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an excellent Miss Marple
4 May 2004 | by hbsSee all my reviews

Hickson is by far the best Miss Marple onscreen. Her performances make these cozy mysteries really entertaining. The screen adaptations in the series are a bit uneven, but I enjoyed all of them. I especially liked this one, "A Murder is Announced", and "Sleeping Murder".

The production values for the series were quite good, the supporting actors always at least passable and sometimes far better than that, and they didn't take too many liberties with the stories. But Hickson's performances are uniformly excellent.


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25 December 1986 (UK) See more »

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