Agatha Christie's Marple - Series 1

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Overview

This set contains four episodes from the first series of the British mystery show Agatha Christie's Marple. "The Murder at the Vicarage, "The Body in the Library, "A Murder Is Announced, and "4:50 From Paddington, are each presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio. Supplemental materials include a history of Marple adaptations, an hour-long behind-the-scenes documentary, a still photo gallery, a biography of Agatha Christie, and filmographies of the cast.
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Overview

This set contains four episodes from the first series of the British mystery show Agatha Christie's Marple. "The Murder at the Vicarage, "The Body in the Library, "A Murder Is Announced, and "4:50 From Paddington, are each presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio. Supplemental materials include a history of Marple adaptations, an hour-long behind-the-scenes documentary, a still photo gallery, a biography of Agatha Christie, and filmographies of the cast.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Hour-long behind-the-scenes featurette with cast and crew interviews, history of Miss Marple adaptations, photo gallery, Agatha Christie bio, and cast filmographies
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • UPC: 054961764891
  • Rating:

  • Source: Acorn Media
  • Time: 6:16:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,006

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Geraldine McEwan
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Murder at the Vicarage
1. Brave [1:22]
2. Sunday Morning [10:30]
3. Table Talk [8:34]
4. Hit & Run [11:28]
5. Plans to Leave [8:31]
6. Inspector Slack [8:49]
7. Second Confession [12:54]
8. Judgment [7:18]
9. Bonjour [13:58]
10. She's Got It! [:04]
Side #2 -- The Body in the Library
1. Speech [:52]
2. Call for Help [9:31]
3. Positive I.D. [8:38]
4. Seaside Trip [9:40]
5. Last Dance [7:44]
6. Tea Time [10:11]
7. Second Body [:56]
8. Drinks [6:40]
9. Interrogation [13:28]
10. Panicked [3:52]
11. Not Satisified [5:50]
12. Set-Up [11:51]
Side #3 -- A Murder Is Announced
1. Randall Goedler [:55]
2. Morning Paper [12:22]
3. Police Business [12:43]
4. Colonel's Theory [10:02]
5. Not So Dumb [9:38]
6. Old Friends [6:36]
7. Mrs. Goedler [1:50]
8. New Will [6:17]
9. Building a Picture [10:11]
10. True Identities [10:27]
Side #4 -- 4:50 From Paddington
1. Goodbyes [2:20]
2. Witness to Murder? [11:17]
3. Unannounced [9:03]
4. All in the Family [11:38]
5. Investigation [9:25]
6. Clues [9:37]
7. Aunt Jane [6:24]
8. Missing Ballerina [6:45]
9. Too Many Cooks [15:00]
10. Reenactment [12:20]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Murder at the Vicarage
   Play Program
   Scene Index
   Special Features
      Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
      Miss Marple on TV & Film
      Agatha Christie Biography
      Photo Gallery
         Play
      Cast Filmographies
         Geraldine McEwan
         Sir Derek Jacobi
         Janet McTeer
         Miriam Margolyes
         Jane Asher
         Rachael Stirling
Side #2 -- The Body in the Library
   Play Program
   Scene Index
   Special Features
      Photo Gallery
         Play
      Cast Filmographies
         Geraldine McEwan
         Joanna Lumley
         Ian Richardson
         Simon Callow
         James Fox
         Tara Fitzgerald
Side #3 -- A Murder Is Announced
   Play Program
   Scene Index
   Special Features
      Photo Gallery
         Play
      Cast Filmographies
         Geraldine McEwan
         Zoe Wanamaker
         Keeley Hawes
         Frances Barber
         Cherie Lunghi
         Tara Fitzgerald
Side #4 -- 4:50 From Paddington
   Play Program
   Scene Index
   Special Features
      Photo Gallery
         Play
      Cast Filmographies
         Geraldine McEwan
         Pam Ferris
         Amanda Holden
         John Hannah
         Niamh Cusack
         Celia Imrie
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MIss Marple Collection

    So far I have only seen Series 1 but I will definitely buy the rest of the series. Geraldine McEwan is an excellent Miss Marple. She has a twinkle in her eye and a spring in her step most of the time. The stories are really enjoyable and keeps you guessing (unless you have read the book). I didn't really care for the Joan Hickson (?) version of Miss Marple. This lady fits my mental picture of Jane Marple, and the characters are believable. I highly recommend this series to anyone interested in murder mysteries. The British seem to do it better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Apparently there are people who think they can do a better job of writing Miss Marple mysteries than Agatha Christie. This latest series uses terrible scripts that take Christie's titles and the Miss Marple name, but leave nothing else. There's nothing worth watching unless you're curious to see how a long line of known older British actors look today. This series reminds me of Vaudeville. All the women have grotesque makeup, including Miss Marple, who looks like a rouged and trussed up clown. Also, all actors chew the scenery worse than any Charlie Chaplin movie. At least he was original! The writers even have the gall to give Miss Marple an affair with a married man. We see this through flashbacks, with a silly Miss Marple looking wistful at a photo of her long dead lover. Then a young Miss Marple meeting her married lover at the train station, practically giving him a tonsilectomy! Christie never portrayed Miss Marple as anything but a clever, cunning and intelligent Elderly spinster who had a knack for sleuthing crimes. She was raised in a Vicarage. Unfortunately this series does none of that. Geraldine McEwan is unfortunately comical and pathetic. She give Miss Marple no intelligence. I didn't see any of Christie's plots in this new series. It's terrible! In rare instances the writers allow the series to actually show something of Agatha Christie's wonderful plots. But it isn't very often.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing New Miss Marple

    I borrowed this set from our local library and was very disappointed in what's been done to Miss Marple. First and most important, the actress selected to play her does not fit the bill. Then there's the really bad changes to Christie's books. Of course, ALL book-to-film movies are adaptations! However, I couldn't see Agatha Christie in these episodes. In one they actually have the gall to give Miss Marple a love affair with a married man!! In flashbacks we see a young Jane Marple meeting her lover in the train and she french kisses this guy in front of other men. Geez!! This is in the time of World War I, with a young woman raised in a small village by her Vicar father. What an unthinkable addition to others that seek to modernize Miss Marple. Lots of other non-Christie twists such as semi-nude sex scenes are put in to make this series interesting?? We get that at every turn on any TV series. I miss the quaint, village-born Miss Marple with a great brain. This series has dumped all of that. It's 90% disappointing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOT Faithful to the original Agatha Christie Books

    This latest set of adaptations of the Agatha Christie books are NOT faithful to the books. They are entertaining, but very loosely-based on Dame Agatha's masterpieces. I was especially shocked by the "4:50 from Paddington" episode. It is almost unidentifiable, except for the family names...especially the ending.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    The BBC is going down the drain! The use of Agatha Christie's name on this latest remake of Miss Marple mysteries is the REAL crime here. There's absolutely little to no resemblance to Christie's intricate plots and wonderfully written characters. What's up with the grotesque back lighting of the sets? Neon greens and orange? Sideway camera angles are another dizzy addition. I honestly believe that Geraldine McEwan is a good choice to play Miss Marple and she makes a terrific effort to rise above the lousy scriptwriting and tacky direction. But that is a near to impossible feat for any actor. In this series most of the characters have either been changed, or left out. Some new ones are added. The so-called mystery is quickly summed up with more confusion and foolishness, you're left with one question.....HUH?? Hack writers at their worst. This is just one tasteless and confusing goulash.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I adore Geraldine McEwan

    I understand some people are fanatical in their devotion to Joan Hickson, but if you can open your mind and accept other interpretations of the character, these are absolutely wonderful. I've recently reread some of the books these were based on, and one word that popped up often in describing Miss Marple was "twinkle". She twinkles, she twinkles at people, her eyes twinkle, on and on. This can't be said of Miss Hickson's portrayal, who never twinkles, but is no-nonsense, sensible, and even rather cold and condescending, in my opinion. I much prefer the 'kinder, gentler' version of Geraldine McEwan. No one twinkles like she does! She's a joy to watch, so much fun, you can tell the actress loves the character, and the character loves what she's doing. And this obviously carries over to the rest of the cast, crew, and production. Everything about this new version of Miss Marple is top notch - the acting, directing, photography, scripts, cinematography - extremely entertaining. I could watch them over and over (and if fact do, having bought both seasons, and am eagerly awaiting the next). No, they do not always follow the books word for word. Yes, they take some poetic license with characters and/or plot. This just helps to keep it fresh and always surprising - you can't assume you know 'whodunit' just because you read the book or watched another version. And having recently seen a repeat of one of the Joan Hickson episodes, I found a few liberties they took with plot also, ones that I personally didn't care for. If you love a good mystery, beautifully done and with a sense of humor and style, these are highly recommended - along with anything starring Ms McEwan, a wonderful actress and a real treasure.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Geraldine McEwan is brilliant!

    While I respect the other reviews posted here, I must say that these latest productions of the Miss Marple series are positively brilliant! Geraldine McEwan is absolutely perfect in this role and the cast and crew do a remarkable job of blending the quintessential English village and countryside life with the intricacies of a devious murder. And after all, this is the fascination of Agatha Christie's wonderful books. These are excellently done and well-worth the investment. I can't wait to see the next series up for sale. Well done.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

    I enjoy this set more than the other two sets starring Geraldine

    I enjoy this set more than the other two sets starring Geraldine McEwan, every one of these four episodes are full of suspense, good acting, with a lovable Miss Marple (I think Ms McEwan adds polite assertiveness to her character and often humor with a twinkle in her eye, she's my favorite Miss Marple). I have been watching many British mysteries lately and find that they use the same actors over and over from show to show, in this case you will find those familiar faces again but the story lines are unique and done with top quality production values. Be prepared for flesh being shown from time to time as the British are more graphic than their American counterparts. I hope this comes out on Blu-Ray as I would like to own this.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not even worth the one star

    I gave this a "one" because there was nothing lower to give it. Horrible sutff. The writers not only completely maul Christies plots, they actually put Miss Marple in stories that were not written for her. A great example is "Why Didn't They Ask Evans", which was written with two absolutely wonderful amateur sleuths, Bobby Jones and Lady "Frankie" Derwent, who are reminescent of Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. Why for the love of Pete did the writers feel they had to intrude Jane Marple in this story? And as for the other "legitimate" Miss Marple vehicles, they were already done well with Joan Hickman in the 1980's. Hey, BBC, stop serving us your warmed over cold potatoes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best!

    As an actress and costume designer, I find that there is nothing more delectable for the creative pallet than the new Miss. Marple. I have read all the books in this series, and yes, I do find that the films are very different. But, you have to look at it as two separate entities. Both are beautiful. Bravo to all the actors and the director, for such a picturesque piece of history. I really adore it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    is there a new side to Christie's Marple?

    an effort that does not meet the high standard of previous productions. yes, good acting, and direction, but the "rewrite" of Christie script takes off in confusion to somewhere beyond Agatha's world. And where are the wonderful scenes and costumes of the Hickson/Suchet versions? This all looks like re-cycled studio stuff. Badly done, PBS, badly done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    chanel in a British village after the war

    The series are absolutely grotesque. Everyone in the murder is announced, for instance, is beautifully dressed in designer outfits. Not only half of the characters are gone, the remaining ones do not do justice to Agatha Christie's version. Ms. Marple, played by McEwan, doe snot seem real, Philippa Hames and Julia are wearing designer suits, and Hinchliffe wears the style famed by Marlene Dietrich. Where could people find suits like that in a village after the war when a slab of butter, a pound of raisins, and a pound of sugar made the news??? The only abundant things, at that time, were ration cards. Read Christie's version and you will see. These issues , apart from the sergeant who is older than the inspector, make the film grotesque at best and ridiculous at worst. I have seen the new versions of remakes by David Suchet (Poirot) and they are no comparison to the new Miss Marple. Invest in Joan Hickson's DVD series of Miss Marple to see the real thing. The only good thing about this movie is musical and graphic introduction to every film.

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    Posted April 30, 2009

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    Posted October 11, 2010

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