Agatha Christie's Marple

Season 1 Episode 2

The Murder at the Vicarage

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 19, 2004 on ITV
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A series of scandals in the village of St. Mary Mead seem to all revolve around Colonel Protheroe, and he is then found shot through the head at the vicarage. A young painter, Lawrence Redding, confesses to the crime, but then his lover also confesses. It is up to Miss Marple to unravel the mystery, and there is no shortage of people with a motive.


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  • A body, a broken just got to love this!!!

    A really fun and mysterious time with Miss Marple. The story is well written and filled with questions to keep us glued to the screen. The characters are strong. The cast is solid. Janet McTeer is absolutely perfect as Anne Protheroe. She's a very talented lady with a quiet sensuality. A great casting decision. Tim McInnerny is also very good as the Vicar. Jason Flemyng brought the necessary charisma and charm to Lawrence Redding. Rachael Stirling oozes beauty and class as Griselda Clement. Christina Cole is magnificent as the young but not that innocent Lettice. The only flaw in the casting is Stephen Tompkinson as the inspector. Bland. A shame. Derek Jacobi is every bit as good as expected of course. So is Geraldine McEwan. She holds the episode together and really shines in the more dramatic scenes while keeping the usual charm in the investigation.

    A clever plot with a great production all around. And we even get to know more about Miss Marple's past and passions. Loved it. See it!


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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • 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.

    • Lawrence Redding: And how would you do it, Miss Marple?
      Miss Jane Marple: I never speak lightly of murder, Mr. Redding. I hate to tempt fate.

    • DI Slack: [to a constable as Miss Marple is some distance walking away] I don't know whether to buy her a box of chocs or kick away her stick.
      Miss Jane Marple: [still walking away] I prefer the chocolates.

    • DI Slack: The chief constable sends his regards.
      Miss Jane Marple: How lovely. I have been of some assistance to him from time to time.
      DI Slack: He said.

    • Miss Hartnell: Where's Lettice this morning?
      Miss Jane Marple: Mr. Redding's painting her.
      Miss Hartnell: On a Sunday? You don't think...?
      Miss Jane Marple: Oh, he does have a way with him, but she's just a girl. I'd plump for an older candidate if there is someone.

    • DI Slack: Look, it's easy to imagine all kinds of things after the event, but the simple fact is ...
      Miss Jane Marple: Murder is never simple. We would be foolish, stupid, to ignore any possibility.
      DI Slack: 'We?'
      Miss Jane Marple: [smiling] Did I say that? Hm. So sorry.

    • Miss Jane Marple: Why does Inspector Slack think the Colonel was shot at twenty past six?
      Dr. Haydock: He'd started writing a note to the vicar saying he couldn't wait. He put the time on it.
      Miss Jane Marple: Had he?
      Dr. Haydock: And the clock stopped at just gone 6:20. He knocked it off the desk when he took the bullet.
      Miss Jane Marple: Oh, dear. I'm afraid I must put a cat amongst the Inspector's pigeons.

    • Miss Jane Marple: What is this, Mary?
      Mary Hill: Soup.
      Miss Jane Marple: Does it have a name?
      Mary Hill: Bits-and-bobs-and-odds-and-sods-and-the-meat-ration's-been-cut-again soup.

    • DI Slack: The lady in the cottage with a view of the back here.
      Rev Leonard Clement: Miss Marple?
      DI Slack: I need to interview her. Would you tag along? These old maids tend to get nervous.

    • Miss Jane Marple: We're all very ordinary in St. Mary Mead, but ordinary people can sometimes do the most astonishing things.

    • Miss Marple: Miss Hartnell's cousin's maid is stepping out with a baker's boy from Milchester who delivers your mother-in-law.

    • Lawrence Redding: I'll have to leave, you know, for Anne's sake.
      Miss Jane Marple: That's very brave.
      Lawrence Redding: Yes, well, I'll soon be over it.
      Miss Jane Marple: You won't, not for a long while.
      Lawrence Redding: Nothing gets past you, Miss Marple, does it?
      Miss Jane Marple: [smiling] Hardly ever, young man.

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