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Agatha Christie's Marple - 'A Murder is Announced' (2005)

Agatha Christie's Marple - 'A Murder is Announced'

A drama by Stewart Harcourt, based on the novel by Agatha Christie, and first broadcast on 2 January 2005 (ITV1).

Running time: 1 hour and 34 minutes


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In Chipping Cleghorn, a quiet village nestled in the 1950s English countryside, a strange announcement appears in the local newspaper: a murder is to take place at 7.30pm at Little Paddocks, home to kindly Letitia Blacklock. 

Whose idea was this odd notice?  Neither Letitia nor her houseguests can explain it; but the announcement generates great excitement among some of the villagers.

As the appointed time draws near, a curious crowd, expecting an elaborate illusion or humorous party trick, begins to gather at Little Paddocks.  Their hostess nervously watches the clock, unsure what will happen next.  She is particularly worried about the effect the evening may have on her fragile friend, Dora Bunner.

When Letitia and the others are suddenly plunged into darkness, events take a sinister turn.  The ensuing crime baffles the police, leaving a mystery that can be unravelled only by the keen mind of Miss Jane Marple.


Miss Jane Marple ... Geraldine McEwan
Letitia Blacklock ... Zo Wanamaker
Dora Bunner ... Elaine Paige
Julia Simmons ... Sienna Guillory
Patrick Simmons ... Matthew Goode
Philippa Haymes ... Keeley Hawes
Colonel Archie Easterbrook ... Robert Pugh
Amy Murgatroyd ... Claire Skinner
Lizzie Hinchcliffe ... Frances Barber
Sadie Swettenham ... Cherie Lunghi
Edmund Swettenham ... Christian Coulson
Mitzi Kosinski ... Catherine Tate
Belle Goedler ... Virginia McKenna
Nurse McClelland ... Lesley Nicol
Alexander Armstrong ... DI Dermot Craddock
DS Fletcher ... Gerard Horan
Mr Rowlandson ... Richard Dixon
Rudi Schertz ... Christian Pedersen
Myrna Harris ... Nicole Lewis


Director: John Strikland
Producer: Matthew Read
Executive Producers: Michele Buck, Damien Timmer, Phil Clymer and Rebecca Eaton
Cinematography: Sue Gibson
Makeup: Isabel While
Music: Dominik Scherrer


Agatha Christie's Marple: Series 1 Region 1 DVD (includes 'A Murder is Announced')

Agatha Christie's Marple Region 2 DVD (includes 'A Murder is Announced')

A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie (edition of the novel published to coincide with the programme's broadcast; includes production photos and behind-the-scenes details)

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