Miss Marple (TV series)

Miss Marple was a long-running and popular British television series based on the Miss Marple murder mystery novels by Agatha Christie. It starred Joan Hickson in the title role and aired from 1984 to 1992. All twelve original Miss Marple Christie novels were dramatised. The screenplays were written by T. R. Bowen, Julia Jones, Alan Plater, Kenneth Taylor and Jill Hyem, and it was produced by George Gallaccio.


Joan Hickson, who played Miss Marple, was an octogenarian herself during most of the series' production. Decades before, she had appeared in a minor role in Murder, She Said, in which Margaret Rutherford played Miss Marple. The adaptations are mainly true to the original novels.

There were two other semi-regular characters in Miss Marple. The first was Detective Inspector Slack, played by David Horovitch, and Detective Constable (later Detective Sergeant) Lake, played by Ian Brimble. They both appeared in five episodes, The Body in the Library, The Murder at the Vicarage, 4.50 From Paddington, They Do It with Mirrors and The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side.


Title Airdate Guest Cast IMDb link
The Body in the Library 26 December 1984 Gwen Watford, Moray Watson, Trudie Styler, Jess Conrad, Ciaran Madden, Keith Drinkel, Debbie Arnold, Frederick Jaeger, Valentine Dyall
The Moving Finger 21 February 1985 Michael Culver, Elizabeth Counsell, Richard Pearson, Sabina Franklyn, Andrew Bicknell, Hilary Mason, Dilys Hamlett, Gerald Sim
A Murder is Announced 28 February 1985 Ursula Howells, Renée Asherson, Joan Sims, John Castle, Sylvia Syms, Ralph Michael, Paola Dionisotti, Samantha Bond, Simon Shepherd, Nicola King, Matthew Solon, Mary Kerridge, Vivienne Moore, David Collings, Elaine Ives-Cameron, Joyce Carey, Kevin Whately, Liz Crowther
A Pocket Full of Rye 7 March 1985 Peter Davison, Timothy West, Stacy Dorning, Annette Badland, Fabia Drake, Clive Merrison, Rachel Bell, Selina Cadell, Tom Wilkinson, Frances Low, Susan Gilmore
The Murder at the Vicarage 25 December 1986 Paul Eddington, Cheryl Campbell, Robert Lang, Polly Adams, James Hazeldine, Jack Galloway, Rosalie Crutchley, Norma West
Sleeping Murder 11 January 1987 Geraldine Alexander, John Moulder-Brown, Jean Anderson, Terrence Hardiman, Frederick Treves, John Bennett, Geraldine Newman, Jack Watson, Jean Heywood, Amanda Boxer
At Bertram's Hotel 25 January 1987 Caroline Blakiston, Joan Greenwood, George Baker, James Cossins, Helena Mitchell
Nemesis 8 February 1987 Margaret Tyzack, John Horsley, Anna Cropper, Valerie Lush, Helen Cherry, Peter Tilbury, Liz Fraser, Bruce Payne, Joanna Hole, Jane Booker, Alison Skilbeck, Frank Gatliff
4.50 From Paddington 25 December 1987 Maurice Denham, Joanna David, Jill Meager, Andrew Burt, Jean Boht, John Hallam
A Caribbean Mystery 25 December 1989 Donald Pleasance, Sophie Ward, Adrian Lukis, T.P. McKenna, Frank Middlemass, Sue Lloyd, Robert Swan, Michael Feast, Sheila Ruskin, Barbara Barnes, Valerie Buchanan
They Do It with Mirrors 29 December 1991 Jean Simmons, Joss Ackland, Faith Brook, Holly Aird
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side 27 December 1992 Claire Bloom, Barry Newman, Gwen Watford, John Castle, Elizabeth Garvie, Judy Cornwell, Glynis Barber, Christopher Hancock, Rose Keegan

Theme tune

The evocative theme tune for the TV series was composed by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley.

Other countries

All twelve episodes were shown in the United States on the PBS Mystery! series. Miss Marple was also shown in Germany.

DVD releases

Miss Marple was first released in DVD in the UK (Region 2) in 2000. A complete box set of all 12 episodes was released in 2005 by 2 Entertain Video. In North America (Region 1), episodes were first released in 2001.

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