Type
Scripted
Premiered
Dec. 2004
Status
Returning Series
Runtime
120 min.
Country
UK
Network
ITV1 TV Network
Genre

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Agatha Christie's Marple (UK)

Miss Marple is an elderly spinster who lives in the village of St. Mary Mead and acts as an amateur detective. Due to her long and eventful life crimes often remind her of other incidents. Although Miss Marple looks sweet, frail, and old, she fears nothing; either dead or living.

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  • The producers of this series of Miss Marple TV dramas have set her home village of St Mary Mead in Oxfordshire. From clues given in the Agatha Christie books, if a real county was guessed at, Hampshire would be the likely location for St Mary Mead.
  • Among others, Eileen Atkins and Annette Crosbie were considered for the part of Miss Marple's friend Dolly Bantry. The part was eventually given to Joanna Lumley, who calls herself a "die-hard Christie fan".
  • This adaptation of The Body in the Library changes the identity of the murderer, and adds a lesbian relationship that wasn't in the original novel.
  • Miss Marple is shown reading Raymond Chandler's short story anthology "The Simple Art of Murder", which also contains his titular essay on the detective novel. In the essay, Chandler argues that, in real life, the most unsolvable murders are the simplest, and criticizes, among other writers, Agatha Christie for creating implausible, over-elaborate murder plots for her novels.
  • This episode takes place in December 1915 and 1951.
  • Eight of the supporting cast of this episode have appeared in Doctor Who. Catherine Tate was Donna Noble, the companion of the tenth Doctor.Frances Barber has a recurring role as Madame Kovarian (eye-patch woman). Zoe Wanamaker was Cassandra in 'The End of the World' and 'New Earth'. Gerald Horan was Father of Mine in 'Family of Blood'. Robert Pugh was Tony Mack in 'The Hungry Earth', and Claire Skinner and Alexander Armstrong were Madge and Reg Arwell in the 2011 Christmas special, 'The Widow and the Wardrobe', and Keeley Hawes was Ms Delphox in 'Time Heist' in 2014.
  • Miss Marple does not appear in Agatha Christie's original novel, which was an adventure featuring her other sleuths, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. In order to make the story part of the Marple series, the time period was moved from post-war to sometime near the end of the war. This conveniently places Tommy still in the military intelligence service abroad, and his part of the story was re-written for Miss Marple.
  • Although the date of is not made clear, it appears to be set in the Post-War late 40s or early 50s. The movie version of Jane Eyre (1943) that it refers to was made during the war in 1944, so although the poster art from the film appears similar to the Robert Stevenson film, it doesn't mention either Joan Fontaine or Orson Welles, who starred in the film. The part of Jane's friend, who dies in the film, was originally played by Elizabeth Taylor, although she dies from pneumonia, not leukemia, as stated in "By the Pricking of My Thumbs."
  • When Mrs. Lancaster (June Whitfield) says "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing", she is misquoting Alexander Pope in his Essay on Criticism (1709): "A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring."
  • Although the exact date of the setting of the episode is not given the scenes at the film presentation clearly show signs that celebrate the Festival of Britain which took place in 1951.
  • For the fifth time in twenty-five years, Robert Hardy once again plays Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
  • First Agatha Christie novel to incorporate the supernatural/occult as part of the plot line
  • The original novel does not involve any of Agatha Christie's major detectives; Miss Marple was added it to incorporate the novel/storyline within her series.
  • In the opening minutes, as Miss Marple stares in wonderment at the lobby of Bertram's Hotel, the manager is on the phone and says, "Uh, no, I'm afraid Miss Otis regrets she's unable to lunch today." The line is from the 1934 Cole Porter song "Miss Otis Regrets" performed by many artists including Ella Fitzgerald and 'Nat 'King' Cole', and more recently by Bette Midler on the final episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
  • Moria Armstrong suggested Cheryl Campbell for a key role but the producers had never heard of her.
  • Tom Baker later revealed on his DVD commentary for "The Robots of Death" that he was surprised there had been no rehearsal for the actors when he made this guest appearance on Miss Marple.
  • Actor Herbert Lom provides the voice of Jason Rafiel in the audio message to Miss Marple; he had previously appeared on camera as Professor Dufosse in "Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage."
  • This was Herbert Lom's final acting project before he died on September 27, 2012.
  • Prunella Scales plays Mrs. Mackenzie in this version while her husband Timothy West had previously appeared in the BBC adaptation Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye (1985) (TV) as Rex Fortescue.
  • The last TV project for both Ken Campbell and Wendy Richard. Campbell died during post production; Richard passed away nearly a year after filming was completed.
  • The last TV role of Wendy Richard who died before transmission in the UK.
  • When Jane arrives at the train station, the next train is announced as the 4:50 from Paddington. Both another famous Jane Marple mystery and the birth place of Joan Collins.
  • The inscription "Recover hope all ye who enter here" over the facility gate, is the opposite of Dante's inscription over the gate of Hell- "Abandon hope all ye who enter here".
  • If you look closely at the names of the crew in the closing credits (after the cast of characters), you will see certain names have a red letter in them. The letters spell out GOODY CARNE, the name of the "witch" in the execution reenactment scene.
  • Nicholas Parsons is no stranger to Miss Marple. He had previously appeared in a Margaret Rutherford Miss Marple film Murder Ahoy as Dr.Crump.
  • The original 1961 novel has Mark Easterbrook as the chief investigator and does not feature Miss Marple at all.
  • Hatfield House was used as the location for Chimneys. The Old Palace as nicknamed was the home of Elizabeth The First when she was a young child. And today, the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury call it home.
  • The original story can be found in 'The 13 Problems', a collection of short stories told at Miss Marple's home by her companions and solved by Miss Marple on the spot.
  • Last UK TV role of Donald Sinden.
  • SPOILER: The secret that is revealed at the end bears a strong resemblance to the real-life story of movie star Gene Tierney's daughter, Daria. During World War Two, while she was pregnant, Tierney made an appearance at the Hollywood Canteen, where members of the Allied military got to mingle with celebrities. Shortly afterward, she became ill with German Measles (Rubella) and later gave birth prematurely to Daria, who was deaf, partly blind, and severely mentally disabled. Tierney was obliged to institutionalize Daria, and the star had a mental breakdown which led to several of her own stays in mental hospitals. Years later, a woman approached Tierney and bragged that because she was such a big fan of Tierney's, she had broken her Rubella quarantine during the war and snuck off base to attend Tierney's night at the Hollywood Canteen. Tierney, already mentally unstable, was inconsolable at the idea that her own popularity and fame had caused her daughter's severe disabilities.

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