Agatha Christie's Marple

Season 2 Episode 1

Sleeping Murder

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 05, 2006 on ITV
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Episode Summary


Miss Marple is asked to help Gwenda Halliday, a wealthy young woman who has bought a house on the English coast, only to experience disturbing visions. Soon Gwenda discovers that, instead of spending all her life in India, she had lived in the house as a child. The visions are actually flashes of memory - and she realizes she witnessed the murder of a beautiful woman who was a singer for an acting troupe known as The Funnybones.


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  • It kept the original plot to a degree, but then chose to go completely loopy with the acting troupe. Why?

    Don't fix it if it ain't broke! I don't get why the new writers feel they have to put completely different storylines into something that had a good one already. Maybe it's one reason the series was able to be made. Maybe they were trying to sell to an American market that loves all things English and quaint. Some of the characters in this episode we so stereotypically English caricatures, you could have buttered a crumpet with them.

    The acting in general was good, though the whole acting troupe stuff was painful to watch. I guess the thing is, as with all 'star-studded' attempts, when you gather together so many names in a cast, it should work, but often it falls somehow flat.

    I love the story - I really enjoyed the mystery about why Gwenda was having all these feeling about the house, and just exactly what she saw when she was a child and who was responsible. But again, whereas Christie alluded to a possibly would-be incestuous relationship between Gwenda and the killer, this was somehow toned down here - and this from a series that put a lesbian relationship in another show!

    Lovely settings - British drama series seem to be good at finding amazing locations that fit the period perfectly. Great production values, good cast, just some unnecessary changes to the story that didn't add anything in particular.moreless
  • Miss Marple in "Sleeping Murder"

    Another good mystery. The only problem I found with “Sleeping Murder” was Miss Marple's lack of screen time.

    She wasn’t around for most of the investigation. It's a shame and it really takes some of the enjoyment out. Aidan McArdle and Sofia Myles deliver a strong performance and I liked their characters but it wasn’t the same.

    I also found the "killer's identity" a bit predictable.

    Still it didn’t disappoint, being on par with the first season episodes.

    Miss Marple was as charming, sweet and sleuth as ever and the production values are a delight as always.

    Sofia Myles alone is reason enough to watch “Sleeping Murder”. A truly beautiful woman. And such class! I hope I see more of her soon.

    I’m aware there were changes made to the story, but with this show in particular it is expected. If that bothers you, stay away not from this episode but from the whole series.

    It didn’t bother me much and since I’m not a Joan Hickson groupie, I’m quite entertained by Geraldine McEwan.

    I love the show.

Aidan McArdle

Aidan McArdle

Hugh Hornbeam

Guest Star

Helen Coker

Helen Coker

Lily Tutt

Guest Star

Sarah Parish

Sarah Parish

Evie Ballantine

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (6)

    • SPOILER:
      The point of Gwenda remembering the original murder is that she is looking THROUGH the hall banister railings because she was only a child. In the flashback at the end, though, the child is seeing looking OVER the banister.

    • Murders

      Claire Halliday (Helen Marsden) - Strangled

      Kelvin Halliday - Pushed off cliff

      Lily Tutt - Strangled

    • Sleeping Murder was filmed by the BBC in 1986 as a two-part mini-series under the series Miss Marple. It was directed by John Howard Davies and starred Joan Hickson as Miss Marple. This new adaptation (with many extreme plot changes) was filmed in 2005.

    • Sleeping Murder was shown in two parts in the US and aired from June 4th to June 11th.

    • Sleeping Murder the first episode of the second season, attracted 8.4 million viewers, 400,000 more than The Body in the Library (the first episode of the first season). This was the highest viewing audience out of the five episodes shown so far.

    • This episode is based on the novel by the same name published in 1976. The book itself was written during WWII, as Agatha Christie was afraid of being killed in an air raid. This and Poirot's final case Curtain were both held in a vault bank and released after her death.