Marple (2004–2013)

A Murder Is Announced (2 Jan. 2005)

TV Episode   |  TV-PG   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery

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The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are summoned by a newspaper notice to the house of Letitia Blacklock, anticipating a murder game. But things become too real when someone is shot dead.


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5 May 2009 | TheLittleSongbird
| Easily one of the better Marple outings...
Most of this episode I really enjoyed, though I didn't understand why they rushed Edmund's acceptance of his mother's relationship with Easterbrook, which although I can't remember, is not in the book. Also, Phillippa Haymes in the book had a husband who was supposedly deceased, and I felt that was missed here. I liked the acting, especially from Elaine Page and Zoe Wannamaker, who brought their characters to life, and also the story(generally), music and production values. But it just isn't a patch on the wonderful Joan Hickson series, which is vastly superior to this. Most of the Geraldine McEwan outings have been very disappointing, especially the ones when she isn't in the book, like Sittaford Mystery. I liked the execution of the lights going out scene, though in the Joan Hickson series that scene was very scary, and it wasn't particularly here. I wasn't hugely keen on Catherine Tate as the maid, and I felt her casting was a rather strange choice. However, I enjoyed this episode more than the other ones this series. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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