Series 1

1 :01x01 - The Body In The Library

It is seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing evening dress and heavy make-up, which is now smeared across her cheeks.

But who is she? How did she get there? And what is the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are later found in a burned out car in a quarry.

The respectable Bantrys invite Miss Marple to solve the mystery - before tongues start to wag.

(Pictured above are Gwen Watford as Dolly Bantry, and Joan Hickson as Miss Jane Marple).
Guest Stars: David Horovitch as Inspector Slack | Gwen Watford as Dolly Bantry | Moray Watson as Colonel Arthur Bantry | Keith Drinkel as Mark Gaskell | Frederick Jaeger as Colonel Melchett | Ciaran Madden as Adelaide Jefferson | Anthony Smee as Basil Blake | Trudie Styler as Josie Turner | Ian Brimble as Sergeant Lake | Jess Conrad as Raymond Starr | Andrew Cruickshank (1) as Conway Jefferson | Raymond Francis as Sir Henry Clithering | John Moffatt (1) as Edwards | Valentine Dyall as Lorimer | Hugh Walters as Mr. Prescott | Sally Jane Jackson as Ruby Keene | Stephen Churchett as Major Reeve | Debbie Arnold as Dinah Lee | Martyn Read as Hugo McLean | Andrew Downer as Peter Carmody | Arthur Bostrom as George Bartlett | John Bardon as Police Constable Palk | Astra Sheridan as Pamela Reeve | Sarah Whitlock as Policewoman | Karen Seacombe as Florrie Small | Kathleen Breck as Bridget | Colin Higgins as Malcolm | Sidney Livingstone as Mr. Brogan
Writer: T.R. Bowen

2 :01x02 - The Moving Finger

Lymstock was a town with more than its share of shameful secrets - a town where even a sudden outbreak of anonymous hate-mail caused only a minor stir.

But all of that changed when one of the recipients, Mrs Symmington, committed suicide. Her final note said 'I can't go on'. Only Miss Marple questioned the coroner's verdict of suicide. Was this the work of a poison-pen? Or of a poisoner?
Guest Stars: Dilys Hamlett as Maud Calthorp | Sandra Payne as Eryl Griffith | Andrew Bicknell as Gerry Burton | Sabina Franklyn as Joanna Burton | Michael Culver as Edward Symmington | Richard Pearson (1) as Mr Pye | Hilary Mason as Emily Barton | Elizabeth Counsell as Angela Symmington | John Arnatt as Reverend Guy Calthrop | Martin Fisk as Owen Griffith | Penelope Lee (1) as Partridge | Juliet Waley as Beatrice Dunn | Imogen Bickford-Smith as Elsie Holland | Gerald Sim as Vicar | Roger Ostime as Detective Inspector Crawford | Victor Maddern as Police Constable Jones | Patsy Smart as Mrs. Cleat | Gordon Rollings as Mr. Cleat | John Keenan as Pianist | Deborah Appleby as Megan Hunter | Stuart Mansfield as James Symmington | Geoffrey Davion as Superintendent Nash | Ninka Scott as Miss Ginch | Michael Waterman as George Ellis | Catherine Owen as Rose | Carol Gleeson as Contralto
Director: Roy Boulting

3 :01x03 - A Murder Is Announced

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Miss Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: 'A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6:30 p.m.'

A childish practical joke? Or a hoax intended to scare poor Letitia Blacklock? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out.
Guest Stars: Renee Asherson as Dora Bunner | Ursula Howells as Miss Blacklock | Mary Kerridge as Mrs. Swettenham | Paola Dionisotti as Miss Hinchcliffe | Ralph Michael as Colonel Easterbrook | Joan Sims as Murgatroyd | Sylvia Syms as Mrs. Easterbrook | Kevin Whately as Fletcher | Samantha Bond as Julia Simmons | Simon Shepherd as Patrick Simmons | Matthew Solon as Edmund Swettenham | Nicola King as Philippa Haymes | Elaine Ives-Cameron as Hannah | Vivienne Moore as Mrs. Harmon | David Collings as Reverend Harmon | Richard Bebb as Rydesdale | John Castle as Chief Inspector Craddock
Director: David Giles (1)
Writer: Alan Plater

4 :01x04 - A Pocket Full Of Rye

Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his 'counting house' when he suffered an agonising and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals.

Yet, it was the incident in the parlour which confirmed Miss Marple's suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme -

Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye;
Four and twenty blackbirds, Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened, The birds began to sing;
Was not that a dainty dish, To set before the King?
The king was in his counting-house, Counting out his money;
The queen was in the parlour, Eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden, Hanging out the clothes,
There came a little blackbird, And snapped off her nose.
Guest Stars: Timothy West as Rex Fortescue | Stacy Dorning as Adele Fortescue | Clive Merrison as Percival Fortescue | Rachel Bell as Jennifer Fortescue | Peter Davison as Lance Fortescue | Martyn Stanbridge as Vivian Dubois | Selina Cadell as Mary Dove | Fabia Drake as Miss Henderson | Frances Low as Patricia Fortescue | Merelina Kendall as Mrs. Crump | Frank Mills as Mr. Crump | Annette Badland as Gladys Martin | Jon Glover as Detective Sergeant Hay | Charles Pemberton as Sergeant Rose | Tom Wilkinson as Detective Inspector Neele | Laurin Kaski as Police Constable White
Director: Guy Slater
Writer: T.R. Bowen

5 :01x05 - The Murder At The Vicarage

'Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe,' declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, 'would be doing the world at large a service!'

It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later.
Guest Stars: James Hazeldine as Lawrence Redding | Rachel Weaver (1) as Mary Wright | Kenneth Keeling as Ned Abbot | Tony Brandon as Fred Abbot | Deddie Davies as Mrs. Salisbury | Rosalie Crutchley as Mrs. Price-Ridley | Kathleen Bidmead as Miss Wetherby | Norma West as Mrs. Lestrange | Barbara Hicks (1) as Miss Hartnell | Polly Adams as Anne Protheroe | Jack Galloway as Bill Archer | Robert Lang (1) as Colonel Lucius Protheroe | Michael Browning as Dr. Haydock | Paul Eddington as Reverend Leonard Clement | Cheryl Campbell as Griselda Clement | David Horovitch as Inspector Slack | Ian Brimble as Sergeant Lake | Tara MacGowran as Lettice Protheroe | Christopher Good as Christopher Hawes
Director: Julian Amyes
Writer: T.R. Bowen

6 :01x06 - Sleeping Murder

Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home, odd things started to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernise the house, she only succeeded in dredging up its past. Worse, she felt an irrational sense of terror every time she climbed the stairs.

In fear, Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they were to solve a 'perfect' crime committed many years before.
Guest Stars: Geraldine Newman as Janet Erskine | Geraldine Alexander as Gwenda Reed | Donald Burton as Bosola | Edward Jewesbury as Mr. Sims | Georgine Anderson as Mrs. Hengrave | Peter Spraggin as Detective Inspector Last | Jean Anderson as Mrs. Fane | Jean Heywood as Edith Paget | Ken Kitson as Jim Kimble | Eryl Maynard as Lily Kimble | John Bennett as Richard Erskine | Esmond Knight as Mr. Galbraith | Frederick Treves as Dr. James Kennedy | Struan Rodger as Ferdinand | Joan Scott as Miss Crocker | Jack Watson as Mr. Foster | Terrence Hardiman as Walter Faine | John Moulder-Brown as Giles Reed | Sheila Raynor as Shop Assistant | John Ringham as Dr. Penrose | Kenneth Cope as Jackie Afflick | David McAllister as Raymond West | Amanda Boxer as Joan West | Gary Watson (1) as Kevin Halliday

7 :01x07 - At Bertram's Hotel

When Miss Marple comes up from the country for a holiday in London, she finds what she's looking for at Bertram's Hotel: traditional decor, impeccable service and an unmistakable atmosphere of danger behind the highly polished veneer.

Yet not even Miss Marple can foresee the violent chain of events set in motion when an eccentric guest makes his way to the airport on the wrong day.
Guest Stars: James Cossins as Colonel Derek Luscombe | Joan Greenwood as Selina Haze | Caroline Blakiston as Lady Bess Sedgwick | Helena Michell as Elvira Blake | George Baker as Detective Inspector Fred Davy | Philip Bretherton as Detective Inspector Campbell | Preston Lockwood as Canon Pennyfather | Irene Sutcliffe as Miss Gorringe | Brian McGrath as Michael Gorman | Douglas Milvain as Sir Ronald Graves | Henrietta Voigts as Alice | Charlotte Barker as Bridget Sotheby | Neville Phillips as Henry | Robert Reynolds (1) as Ladislaus Malinowski | Randal Herley as Richard Egerton | Edward Burnham as Dr. Whittaker | Rashid Karapiet as Indian waiter | Amanda Royle as BEA stewardess | Kate DuchĂȘne as Rose | Helen Horton as Mrs. Cabot | Daphne Neville as Woman At Airport | Donald Burton as TV Commentator | Peter Baldwin (2) as Mr. Humfries
Director: Mary McMurray
Writer: Jill Hyem

8 :01x08 - Nemesis

In utter disbelief Miss Marple read the letter addressed to her from the recently deceased Mr Rafiel - an acquaintance she had met briefly on her travels.

Recognising in Miss Marple a natural flair for justice, Mr Rafiel had left instructions for her to investigate a crime after his death.

The only problem was, he had failed to tell her who was involved or where and when the crime had been committed. It was most intriguing.
Guest Stars: Jane Booker as Miss Cooke | John Horsley as Prof. Wanstead | Liz Fraser (1) as Mrs. Brent | Marlene Sidaway as Mrs. Trollope | Peter Copley as Archdeacon Brabazon | Helen Cherry as Anthea Banbury-Scott | Anna Cropper as Elizabeth Temple | Valerie Lush as Lavinia Glynne | Bruce Payne as Michael Rafiel | Peter Tilbury as Lionel Peel | Frank Gatliff as Jason Rafiel | Roger Hammond as Mr. Broadribb | Jackie Downey as Florence | Jonathan Adams (1) as Carter | Reginald Stewart as Mr. Hallowes | Oliver Parker as London Policeman | David Blake Kelly as Tramp | Margaret Tyzack as Clotilde Banbury-Scott | Barbara Franceschi as Miss Kurnowitz | Ann Queensberry as Miss Wimpole | Diane Agnew as Receptionist | Jonathan Adams (2) as Carter
Director: David Tucker
Writer: Trevor Bowen

9 :01x09 - The 4:50 From Paddington

For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman's throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away.

But who, apart from Miss Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there were no suspects, no other witnesses - and no corpse.
Guest Stars: Jill Meager as Lucy Eyelesbarrow | Christopher Haley as Alexander Eastley | David Waller as Duckham | David Horovitch as Inspector Slack | Joanna David as Emma Crackenthorpe | Maurice Denham as Luther Crackenthorpe | Andrew Burt as Dr. Quimper | David Beames as Bryan Eastley | Ian Brimble as Sergeant Lake | John Hallam as Cedric Crackenthorpe | Robert East as Alfred Crackenthorpe | Bernard Brown (1) as Harold Crackenthorpe
Writer: T.R. Bowen

10 :01x10 - A Caribbean Mystery

As Miss Marple sat basking in the Caribbean sunshine she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happened.

Eventually, her interest was aroused by an old soldier's yarn about a strange coincidence. Infuriatingly, just as he was about to show her an astonishing photograph, the Major's attention wandered. He never did finish the story.
Guest Stars: Adrian Lukis as Tim Kendall | Barbara Barnes as Esther Walters | Frank Middlemass as Major Palgrave | Donald Pleasence as Jason Rafiel | Stephen Bent as Jackson | Robert Swann as Greg Dyson | Sue Lloyd as Lucky Dyson | Michael Feast as Edward Hillingdon | Sheila Ruskin as Evelyn Hillingdon | T.P. McKenna as Dr. Grahame | Sophie Ward as Molly Kendall | Joseph Mydell as Inspector Weston | Valerie Buchanan as Victoria | Isabelle Lucas as Auntie Johnson | Shaughan Seymour as Napier | Trevor Bowen as Raymond West | Gregory Munroe as Pathologist | James Curran (1) as Piers Musgrave
Writer: T.R. Bowen

11 :01x11 - They Do It With Mirrors

Miss Marple senses danger when she visits a friend living in a Victorian mansion which doubles as a rehabilitation centre for delinquents. Her fears are confirmed when a youth fires a revolver at the administrator, Lewis Serrocold. Neither is injured. But a mysterious visitor, Mr Gulbrandsen, is less fortunate - shot dead simultaneously in another part of the building.

Pure coincidence? Miss Marple thinks not, and vows to discover the real reason for Mr. Gulbrandsen's visit.
Guest Stars: Faith Brook as Ruth van Rydock | John Bott as Christian Gulbrandsen | Gillian Barge as Mildred Strete | Neal Swettenham as Edgar Lawson | Jay Villiers as Stephen Restarick | Saul Reichlin as Dr. Maseryk | Jean Simmons as Carrie Louise | Joss Ackland as Lewis Serrocold | David Horovitch as Inspector Slack | Holly Aird as Gina Hudd | Todd Boyce as Walter Hudd | Christopher Villiers as Alex Restarick | Ian Brimble as Sergeant Lake | Brenda Cowling as Mrs. Rodgers | Matthew Cottle as Ernie Gregg | David Doyle as Neville | Jake Wood as Bert | Tom Kerridge as Keithie | Anne Atkins as Woman Police Constable | Stee Billingsley as as Dancer | Rachel Bond as as Dancer | Bryn Walters as as Dancer
Director: Norman Stone
Writer: T.R. Bowen

12 :01x12 - The Mirror Crack'd

What was it that Marina Gregg, the famous film actress, saw just before a murder was committed in her house? What or who caused her expression to change so violently that one observer was reminded of Alfred Lord Tennyson:

Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror crack'd from side to side:
"The curse is come upon me," cried
The Lady of Shallot.

A few minutes later a body lay in Marina's large house - the second time a victim of wilful murder had been discovered there. Miss Marple, whose house in St Mary Mead is close to the scene of the murder, finds a perfect opportunity to indulge in the particular kind of 'unravelling' at which she is adept.
Guest Stars: Claire Bloom as Marina Gregg | Barry Newman as Jason Rudd | Norman Rodway as Dr. Gilchrist | Elizabeth Garvie as Ella Zeilinsky | John Cassady (1) as Giuseppe Murano | David Horovitch as Inspector Slack | John Castle as Detective Inspector Craddock | Ian Brimble as Sergeant Lake | Gwen Watford as Dolly Bantry | Christopher Hancock as Arthur Badcock | Margaret Courtenay as Miss Knight | Judy Cornwell as Heather Babcock | Anna Niland as Cherry Baker | Rhoda Lewis as Mrs. Brogan | Christopher Good as Revd. Christopher Hawes | Barbara Hicks (1) as Miss Hartnell | Jon Croft as Inch | Vince Rayner as Station master | Constantine Gregory as Ardwyck Fenn | Glynis Barber as Lola Brewster | Michael Stroud as Delancey | Rose Keegan as Gladys Dixon | Celia Ryder as Mrs. Hopkins | Amanda Elwes as Margot Bence | Stuart Harrison as Court Equerry
Director: Norman Stone
Writer: T.R. Bowen
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Crime | Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: BBC one ( United Kingdom)
Runtime: 120 Minutes
Premiere: December 26, 1984
Ended: December 29, 1992
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