Agatha Christie's Marple

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 3

    Endless Night

    Aired 12/29/13

  • S 6 : Ep 2

    Greenshaw's Folly

    Aired 6/23/13

  • S 6 : Ep 1

    A Caribbean Mystery

    Aired 6/16/13

  • S 5 : Ep 4

    The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side

    Aired 1/2/11

  • S 5 : Ep 3

    The Blue Geranium

    Aired 12/29/10

  • Cast & Crew
  • Geraldine McEwan

    Miss Jane Marple (Series 1-3) (2004-2008)

  • Julia McKenzie

    Miss Jane Marple (Series 4-) (2009-)

  • Martin Compston

    Alfred Pollock

  • Kingsley Ben-Adir


  • Joanna David

    Grace Ritchie

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  • Welcome to the Agatha Christie's Marple guide at Geraldine McEwan (series 1-3) and Julia McKenzie (from series 4) star in the latest TV adaption of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple stories. Following in the footsteps of Gracie Fields, Margaret Rutherford, Angela Lansbury, Helen Hayes and Joan Hickson, Geraldine McEwan brought the part of the elderly amateur sleuthwith an extraordinary knack of solving crimes back to the small screen in 2004. The series is based on the Miss Marple stories by Agatha Christie. Early episodes were adapted from Miss Marple novels and short stories, while later episodes see the character of Miss Marple inserted into other works by Agatha Christie. Opinions diverged as to McEwan's suitability to the role, while changes made to give the stories a more modern edge proved controversial. Despite this, the series proved popular and attracted large viewing figures in the UK and around the world. After the completion of filming of the third series, Geraldine McEwan decided to retire from the role, and the part of Miss Marple was awarded to Julia McKenzie. A documentary entitled Behind The Scenes: Agatha Christie's Marple was shown on ITV3 after the final episode of the first series. The documentary is available on the DVD release of the first series. Agatha Christie's Marple is co-produced by ITV Studios and Agatha Christie Ltd.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (38)

    • Miss Jane Marple: [a body has been found in the library of Arthur and Dolly Bantry] Oh, Dolly, what a terrible thing! Dolly Bantry: I know. Rather thrilling, isn't it?

    • Basil Blake: [introducing his wife to Colonel Melchett] Dinah Lee, minor actress, major slut!

    • (about Miss Marple) Dolly Bantry: Isn't she marvellous?

    • Miss Marple: The truth is you see that most people believe what is told them, whereas I never do.

    • Harper: You mean you know who did it? Miss Marple: Of course I do, that's why I'm here.

    • Rev Leonard Clement: I could strangle Protheroe sometimes. May God forgive me. Griselda Clement: I'd stab him. Currate Ronald Hawes: I'd poison him. Dennis Clement: I'd shoot him. Lawrence Redding: Use my gun

    • Currate Ronald Hawes: 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.' DI Slack: Well, someone beat the Lord to it.

    • Colonel Protheroe: [Reading the Bible during the church service] But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then, when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin, and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth... death. Here endeth the lesson.

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    Notes (74)

    • Murders
      Pamela Reeves - Strangled
      Ruby Keene - Poisoned, then body burnt

    • Filming Locations: Eastbourne (bandstand, pier, beach, Western Lawns, and the Grand Hotel) Rivoli Ballroom, London Dorney Court, Dorney, Buckinghamshire

    • This episode was aired in two parts on PBS in the US from June 5th-12th 2005.

    • The identity of one of the murderers was changed from the novel and original TV adaption.

    • This episode attracted around 8 million viewers.

    • This episode is based on the novel by Agatha Christie of the same name, first published in 1942.

    • Murders
      Colonel Lucius Protheroe - Shot through the head

    • Rachael Stirling (Griselda Clement) is Diana Riggs' daughter.

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    Trivia (16)

    • Whilst this adaptation situates St Mary Mead in Oxfordshire, clues given in the books would place the village in Hampshire.

    • Eileen Atkins and Annette Crosbie were considered for the part of Dolly Bantry.

    • A calendar on Miss Marple's table shows 1st August 1951 as a Tuesday. In fact, that date fell on a Wednesday.

    • In this episode, Miss Marple can be seen reading a book called The Simple Art of Murder. Within the book, the author criticises writers including Agatha Christie for creating over-elaborate murder plots in their works of fiction.

    • Jenny Agutter, who plays Agnes Crackenthorpe, is named among the alphabetical list of guest stars in the opening credits, but her name isomitted from the closing credits.

    • In the episode the estate and hall that runs along the side of the railway line is called Rutherford Hall.... This is after Dame Margaret Rutherford whom played Miss Marple in four MGM films in the 60's.

    • Rob Brydon is cast as a character not in Agatha Christie's novel, a certain "Inspector Awdry" of the Railway Police. He is named after the Rev. W. Awdry, whose stories about "Thomas The Tank Engine" have been popular with British children for over 50 years.

    • During one of the flashbacks, Edith is playing a song called The Sabre Dance on the xylophone. The flashback was supposed to be in 1934, but the song wasn't composed until the 1940's.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Title: By The Pricking Of My Thumbs This is a quote from Shakespeare's Macbeth. It is said by the second witch in Act 1 Scene 4: By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Miss Marple vanishes -a mystery!

    By grammagrammie, Oct 14, 2014

  • Geraldine McEwan tries but can't quite redeem a series with bad writing and apalling character changes.

    By mysteryfan427, Sep 15, 2005

  • Good... but... not Hickson.

    By ccomley, Nov 26, 2005

  • Unravel the puzzles of the criminal mindset and the human condition in the adventures of Agatha Christie's stalwart sleuth.

    By Lokar, Jun 01, 2006

  • It's good, but the old Joan Hickson version on BBC2, beats it by far.

    By aleksengland, Mar 16, 2006

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