Agatha Christie's Miss Marple
  • Agatha Christie's Miss Marple
  • Agatha Christie's Miss Marple

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple

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Cast: Joan Hickson

     
 

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 afterSee more details below

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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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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The name Agatha Christie is synonymous with genteel murder mysteries of the "fair play" variety. Christie afforded armchair detectives ample opportunity to decipher the clues she laid out in the baffling stories adapted for the BBC's Miss Marple movies, three of which are collected here. The mystery writer’s most popular literary creation, spinster sleuth Jane Marple, found an ideal interpreter in the delightful Joan Hickson, who captures the sleuth's placid exterior and seemingly single-minded devotion to knitting, as well as her formidable intellect, keen appreciation of human behavior, and extraordinary intuition. In the time-honored Christie manner, supporting characters move through these stories like pieces on a chessboard, and clues to a murderer's guilt are always there for you to see -- assuming, of course, that you're clever enough to grasp their significance. Faithfully translated to the small screen from Christie's immortal tales, the Miss Marple mysteries are never less than thoroughly engrossing, and Hickson's interpretation of the character will enthrall anyone who's ever wanted to match wits with a master detective. The three included in this DVD set are: "The Body in the Library" (1984); "A Murder Is Announced" ('85); and "A Pocketful of Rye" ('85)

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/2002
UPC:
0794051168924
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Sales rank:
10,225

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