Miss Marple

Season 2 Episode 3

A Murder Is Announced, Part One

Aired Unknown Feb 28, 1985 on BBC Two
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A Murder Is Announced, Part One
A notice in the paper announcing a murder is to take place at Little Paddocks is a shock to everyone, especially Letitia Blacklock, the owner of the house. All the curious villagers turn up for a night of fun parlour games, but the night turns murderous when a young man is shot. Now, the vicar's wife's aunt Miss Marple wants to play a new game...moreless

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  • Who would announce a murder in a newspaper advertisement? And why is the victim a man unknown to everyone else at the scene of the crime?

    An ingenious plot, nicely involving Miss Marple at the very beginning and then not again until after the murder has been committed - because of this seemingly irrelevant prologue, she has knowledge that others don't have. But it isn't just the plot that makes this such a good episode. Rather, it's the humanity shown to the characters, so that even the killer has, amidst terrible deeds, a truly pitiable aspect. "English reserve" becomes both a mask for cruelty and a salve for intolerable pain - and how powerful it is when that reserve is stripped away! The terrible, animal cry uttered by Miss Hinchcliffe (Paola Dionisotti) on discovering the corpse of her friend isn't easily forgotten.moreless
Ursula Howells

Ursula Howells

Miss Blacklock

Guest Star

Renée Asherson

Renée Asherson

Miss Bunner

Guest Star

Samantha Bond

Samantha Bond

Julia Simmons

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Hannah: The door bell rings, I answer the door, the door bell rings again, I answer the door again,the door bell rings again, I answer the door again, the door bell rings again...
      Det. Inspector Craddock: After the guests have all arived
      Hannah: Oh... I go to the dinning room to clean the silver, I hear shots, I scream, somebody turns the key and lets me out, I scream again, somebody hits me! I see blood.
      Det. Inspector Craddock: You scream again?
      Hannah: I think so. Are you going to arrest me?
      Det. Inspector Craddock: Not today.

    • Mrs. Swettenham: People don't announce murders! Marriages yes, but not murders. Put that dreadful paper down, and have a look.
      Edmund Swettenham: [Reading the Daily Worker] It isn't a dreadful paper.
      Mrs. Swettenham: You're not even a worker!
      Edmund Swettenham: I'm writing a book!
      Mrs. Swettenham: I mean real work.

    • [Mrs Harmon nearly trips over her cat]
      Mrs Harmon: Oh, do be careful, Delilah!
      Det. Inspector Craddock: Delilah?
      Mrs Harmon: My husband named her that. I'm afraid her moral standards are rather similar!

    • Miss Lettie Blacklock: Is this your idea of a joke, Patrick?
      Patrick Simmons: I can think of much better jokes than announcing a murder in the local rag!

    • Dora Bunner: Well, young Edmund Swettenham moons around her a bit. He's a very odd young man - writes books - and I - I have heard that he's a - a Communist!
      Miss Jane Marple: Oh really, yes, well he must be rather lonely in Chipping Cleghorn.

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