I was extremely happy when I learned that Miss Marple was getting a new show. More people are going to be able to see it, because many missed out on the magnificent Joan Hickson movies from the 80\'s.
The first season (The Body in the Library, The Murder at the Vicarage, 4:50 From Paddington, A Murder is Announced) has cream-of-the-crop acting, with amazing talents like Joanna Lumley, Ian Richardson, Tara Fitzgerald, Simon Callow, Derek Jacobi, Janet McTeer, Miriam Margolyes, Rachael Stirling, Stephen Tompkinson, John Hannah, Amanda Holden, Griff Rhys Jones, David Warner, Zoe Wanamaker, Sienna Guillory, Keeley Hawes and Frances Barber. The locations are lavish, the music is upbeat and fun. Scripting is a little faulty, but in most areas this can be over looked.
Bad points: the ending to \"The Body in the Library\" was changed. This is a pity, because other than that, this was a great episode.
Unless you feel like making a fuss about things, Miss Marple\'s relationship in the past (\"The Murder at the Vicarage\") can be overlooked. It\'s true that she must have had relationships, otherwise she wouldn\'t be her unshockable self.
\"4:50 From Paddington\" had a motive change, but this is probably one of the best.
\"A Murder is Announced\" has many characters cut, and a fair amount of the plot was changed, but this is an enjoyable episode none the less.
Hopefully, the next season will be good. ITV has confirmed that the next four movies will be \"Sleeping Murder\", \"The Moving Finger\", \"The Mirror Crack\'d From Side to Side\" and \"At Bertram\'s Hotel\".
The cast for \"Sleeping Murder\" contains such talents as Dawn French, Sophia Myles, Peter Serafinowicz, Geraldine Chaplin, Aidan McArdle, Anna-Louise Plowman, Sarah Parish, Una Stubbs, Russ Abbot, Martin Kemp, Joanna Lumley and Paul McGann. The UK TV Times announced that Emilia Fox, Thelma Barlow, Kelly Brook, Harry Enfield, Ken Russell and Jessica Stevenson will be in the next installment, \"The Moving Finger\". Stephanie Beacham and David Soul were rumored to be in \"The Mirror Crack\'d From Side to Side\".
Hopefully further seasons of Miss Marple will be as good (but with less plot changes) as the first.