Agatha Christie's Miss Marple

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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 ...
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Overview

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."
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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)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • UPC: 794051168924
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  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,478

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Joan Hickson Miss jane Marple
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Joan Hickson as Miss Marple

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    MISS MARPLE GIFT Set Completes Story Collection

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Miss Marple's Back

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great portrayal of Agatha Christies' Jane Marple.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Highly recommended

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2010

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    To complete your Joan Hickson/Miss Marple collection

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 26, 2010

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