Miss Marple is up to her very proper neck in homicide and hypocrisy in this expert TV adaptation of another Agatha Christie classic.
Miss Marple's (Joan Hickson) friendship with her vicar, Leonard Clement (Paul Eddington), also extends to his young bride, Griselda (Cheryl Campbell). But much though Griselda likes Miss Marple, she has little use for the English village gossips she's duty bound to invite to tea. Aristocratic Anna
Protheroe (Polly Adams), her blustery husband, Colonel Lucius Protheroe (Robert Lang) and their daughter, Lettice (Tara MacGowran) are among the residents of St. Mary Mead residents whom the busy bodies regularly rake over the coals. Could flighty Lettice be conducting an affair with a bohemian boarder named Lawrence Redding (James Hazeldine)? And what about Mrs. Lestrange (Norma West), who calls upon the distinguished-looking town physician at all hours? While the ladies lament their neighbors' morals, Colonel Protheroe smears the reputation of the vicar's curate, Christopher Good (Christopher Hawes), who denies the Colonel's charges of financial impropriety. After someone lures the Vicar away on a phony mercy mission, someone kills the Colonel, who's been waiting
in the Vicar's study. With so many enemies surrounding the unpopular Colonel, Miss Marple has difficulty sifting through the viable motives. Naturally, the guilty party or parties have anticipated the need for an alibi. In addition to penetrating the subterfuge, Miss Marple must investigate the curate's alleged suicide attempt, as well as stick her nose into Mrs. Lestrange's reason for relocating to St. Mary Mead in the first place. Finding the Colonel's killer means uncovering a clandestine liaison, but exposing this scandalous affair will be difficult, even for the formidable Miss Marple.
One of the pleasures of Christie's mysteries is the self-serving supporting characters. Screenwriter T.R. Bowen provides an entertaining forum for old biddies, officious policemen and illicit lovers, and the excellent cast demonstrates why rural England is a breeding ground for malice aforethought.
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- Released: 1986
- Rating: NR
- Review: Miss Marple is up to her very proper neck in homicide and hypocrisy in this expert TV adaptation of another Agatha Christie classic. Miss Marple's (Joan Hickson) friendship with her vicar, Leonard Clement (Paul Eddington), also extends to his young brid… (more)