Agatha Christie's Marple

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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.