Agatha Christie's crime thrillers featuring the author's much-loved spinster sleuth Miss Jane Marple.
Runtime: 120 minutes
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Miss Marple is a British television series based on the Miss Marple murder mystery novels by Agatha Christie, starring Joan Hickson in the title role. It aired from 26 December 1984 to 27 December 1992. All 12 original Miss Marple Christie novels were dramatised. The adaptations were written by T. R. Bowen, Julia Jones, Alan Plater, Ken Taylor and Jill Hyem, and the series was produced by George Gallaccio. In addition to its availability on VHS and DVD, the series began to be released on Blu-ray Disc in October 2014, marking its 30th anniversary.
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BBC producer Guy Slater cast Joan Hickson as Miss Marple. The series was filmed beginning in 1983 in areas including Norfolk, Devon, Oxfordshire and Barbados. The town of Nether Wallop, Hampshire doubled as Miss Marple's home village of St. Mary Mead. Slater was replaced by producer George Gallaccio starting with the fourth film. “The Murder at the Vicarage” is set in 1954, “Nemesis” is set in 1955 or 1956, “At Bertram's Hotel” in 1956, and “4.50 from Paddington” is set in 1957. Hickson vowed not to do another film after 1989's “A Caribbean Mystery”, but was persuaded to return for the final two films in 1991 and 1992. “A Caribbean Mystery” was shot on location at the Coral Reef Hotel in Barbados, where Christie had stayed in her visit to the country, and which had been the inspiration for the setting of the novel. Owners Budge and Cynthia O'Hara, who still owned the hotel 30 years later, were the inspirations for the characters in the novel and were able to share a treasure trove of Christie memorabilia with the cast. The evocative theme tune for the TV series was composed by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley. The series opening titles featured paintings of seemingly pleasant village life, darkened by suspicious looking characters and the shot of a murder victim behind a cricket sight screen. Gossipy women were made to look like they were hiding secrets, whilst the vicar appeared to be hiding in the shadows. Initially, these paintings were black and white. In later episodes, new, colour drawings replaced these, though they still depicted suspicious looking villagers in the surroundings. Adaptations of the books A Caribbean Mystery (1964) and Nemesis (1971) were filmed out of order. “Nemesis” was produced in February 1987 and “A Caribbean Mystery” in December 1989. The significance of this is the character Jason Rafiel, who is introduced in A Caribbean Mystery and in Nemesis has died and made a request of Miss Marple to solve a years-old mystery. Because the two episodes were filmed out of order, viewers of “Nemesis” are clueless as to what part Jason Rafiel played in Miss Marple's life until they watch “A Caribbean Mystery”. Rafiel was portrayed by Frank Gatliff in “Nemesis”, and by Donald Pleasence in “A Caribbean Mystery”. The character of Inspector Craddock presents another inconsistency in the series. The character is clearly unknown to Miss Marple in “A Murder is Announced” but in his second and final appearance in “The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side”, Craddock is Miss Marple's nephew.
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