Agatha Christie's Miss MarpleDirector: David Giles, Guy Slater, Silvio Narizzano
Agatha Christie's spinster sleuth Miss Jane Marple (Joan Hickson) gets involved in murder mysteries by pointing out the obvious to police investigators in the '80s BBC series Miss Marple. Three feature-length mysteries are included on this three-disc gift set with 1.33:1 full frame transfers. In "The Body in the Library, Miss Marple helps a couple after they find a dead woman in their house. In "A Murder Is Announced, she gets involved with a murder case in Chipping Cleghorn. In "A Pocketful of Rye, she uses a nursery rhyme to solve the murder of a wealthy businessman. The only bonus feature on this set is a half-hour featurette titled "Crime Does Pay."Joan Hickson stars as Miss Jane Marple in this made-for-TV adaptation of one of Agatha Christie's classic murder mystery tales. An odd advertisement appears in the Chipping Cleghorne Gazette, which announces that a murder will take place on October 5 at 7 p.m. at a cottage in Little Paddocks. While the neighbors and assembled curiosity seekers who show up are expecting some sort of a stunt, it turns out the advertiser was good to their word, and three shots ring out, leaving a man dead. So who is the killer, and why did they commit such a bizarre crime? Could it be retiree Mrs. Blacklock (Ursula Howells), her cousins Julia (Samantha Bond) or Patrick (Simon Shepherd), her close friend Miss Bunner (Renee Asherson), or gardener Mrs. Haymes (Nicola King), all of whom happened to be living at the scene of the crime?The first installment of the British mystery series based on the books by Agatha Christie, Miss Marple: The Body in the Library was first aired in 1984. In the village of St. Mary Mead, Miss Jane Marple (Joan Hickson) investigates the home of Colonel Arthur (Moray Watson) and Mrs. Dolly Bantry (Gwen Watford). The couple was shocked to discover the body of a dead girl wearing makeup and an evening gown in the library of their country manor, Gossington Hall. As soon as the police can identify her, another mysterious dead body is discovered.Part of the British mystery series based on the books by Agatha Christie, Miss Marple: A Pocketful of Rye was first aired in 1985. The body of wealthy tyrant Rex Fortescue (Timothy West) is found and presumably poisoned. After his wife turns up dead, the maid Gladys Martin (Annette Badland) takes it upon herself to ask her old teacher Miss Jane Marple (Joan Hickson) for help. When Gladys is also killed, Miss Marple starts to piece together the clues in the form of a morbid nursery rhyme.
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This set includes "A Murder is Announced" one of Miss Marple's best cases. It also includes "A Pocket Full of Rye" one of the lesser known cases. The movies are entertaining, and are a good way to unwind. The last movie, "The Body in the Library" is a classic.
The three stories contained in this collection are not found in any other collection of the PBS series starring Joan Hickman. The AGATHA CHRISTIE MARPLE - THE CLASSIC MYSTERIES COLLECTION contains nine stories or episodes. Seven of those are found in two smaller sets (MISS MARPLE 1 and MISS MARPLE 2). This MISS MARPLE GIFT collection has three stories that are not included in the other collections. If you already love this series, then this MISS MARPLE GIFT set is essential to complete your collection of all twelve of the Miss Marple stories. If you are just starting your collection, this set is a great place to start! Joan Hickson is the quintessential Miss Marple and was Agatha Christie's personal choice to play the gray-haired detective. She is a joy to watch. The production is great as you are transported to English village life. Yet here lurks evil, and Miss Marple is there to ferret it out! You will not be disappointed with this selection
The Miss Marple character, as portrayed by Joan Hickson, is as described in the Agatha Christie books. She appears to dither, but is astute and canny, with a mind as sharp as a tack. And the stories also are true to the books -- not like those recently released with different actresses -- which have completely bowdlerized the tales as written by Agatha Christie. Joan Hickson is the definitive Miss Marple -- better than any actresses who previously or have since played the part.
As a young girl I was forced to read a certain amount of books for English class. Someone recommended Agatha Christies books. Once I started reading them I could not stop. I have read all of her Miss Marple and all of her Hercule Poirot. Sometimes I had them figured out before the ending but most of the time was in for a surprise. I love watching them now at home and still being surprised at the ending. I have even reread many of the books and now that I own the DVDs I will rewatch them.
Joan Hickson is the best Miss Marple! This DVD is formatted as a TV series and each mystery is shown as three episodes. The other Miss Marple series boxed set is in an actual movie format. If you are a Miss Marple fan, you will enjoy all of the Joan Hickson portrayals.
This wonderful DVD, which includes three mysteries NOT featured in the previously-released multidisc Hickson/Marple set, is a pleasure from start to finish and I consider myself lucky to be able to have it. A bonus program is a documentary about Agatha Christie's centennial celebration at her hometown of Torquay (which, ironically, had only just begun cashing in on the connection at the time the film was made!). A series of non-Christie "murder weekends" (mostly CLUE) and the meeting of Marple and Poirot (Hickson and Suchet, of course, in character) which Christie never would've allowed during her lifetime.