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Agatha Christie's Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage 

The Murder at the Vicarage (original title)
No one seems surprised when Colonel Protheroe is found murdered in the local vicarage. Red herrings abound, especially when his widow and her lover both confess to the murder.


Charlie Palmer (as Charles Palmer)


Agatha Christie (novel), Stephen Churchett (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine McEwan ... Miss Marple
John Owens ... Photographer
Jana Carpenter Jana Carpenter ... May Ainsworth
Tim McInnerny ... Rev. Leonard Clement
Siobhan Hayes ... Mary Hill
Rachael Stirling ... Griselda Clement
Julian Morris ... Dennis Clement
Mark Gatiss ... Ronald Hawes
Robert Powell ... Dr. Haydock
Jane Asher ... Mrs. Lester
Janet McTeer ... Anne Protheroe
Derek Jacobi ... Colonel Protheroe
Angela Pleasence ... Miss Hartnell
Miriam Margolyes ... Mrs. Price-Ridley
Christina Cole ... Lettice Protheroe


Colonel Lucius Protheroe is probably the least-liked individual in St Mary Mead. All resent his superior and demanding attitude. So, when he is found dead in the vicarage study, there is no end of suspects. His wife Ann was having an affair with a local artist, Lawrence Redding. His daughter Lettice bridled under his strict rule. There is also the vicar and his assistant, whom Protheroe suspected of stealing church funds. Finally, there is the mysterious Mrs. Lester with whom he clearly had some previous connection. Jane Marple, recuperating at home from a sprained ankle, had a bird's eye view of all the comings and goings at the vicarage around the time of the murder and she gladly assists Inspector Slack in solving the crime. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

19 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie Marple: Muerte en la vicaría See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Miss Marple is shown reading Raymond Chandler's short story anthology "The Simple Art of Murder", which also contains his titular essay on the detective novel. In the essay, Chandler argues that, in real life, the most unsolvable murders are the simplest, and criticizes, among other writers, Agatha Christie for creating implausible, over-elaborate murder plots for her novels. See more »


At about minute 17 when the vicar greets Mrs. Lestrange she mentions the bible verse "to everything there is a season" which he wrongly attributes to Proverbs. It is actually from the book of Ecclesiastes. See more »


Miss Jane Marple: [realizing who committed the murder and how it was done, smiling] How clever!
[then frowning]
Miss Jane Marple: How wicked!
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Version of Mord im Pfarrhaus (1970) See more »

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Think this is wonderful
20 April 2005 | by DFarawaySee all my reviews

Having adored Margaret Rutherford and loathed Joan Hickson -- "cold fish" doesn't begin to describe her -- I was delighted to see Geraldine McEwen tackle Miss Marple and, astoundingly, humanize her. McEwen was, of course, the ultimate Mrs. Proudie in the adaptation of Anthony Trollope's novels "The Warden" and "Barchester Towers" that aired some years back, just as she was the ultimate Lucia in "Mapp & Lucia" with Prunella Scales. At this point I have only seen the first episode of "Murder at the Vicarage" but I am already caught up in its recreation of the ideal English village, St. Mary Mead. Tim McInnerny and Janet McTeer are especially good.

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