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Miss Marple: 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.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x5
Airdate: Thursday December 25th, 1986

Director: Julian Amyes
Writer: T.R. Bowen
Story: Agatha Christie

Guest Stars
Barbara Hicks (1)Barbara Hicks (1)
As Miss Hartnell
Christopher GoodChristopher Good
As Christopher Hawes
David HorovitchDavid Horovitch
As Inspector Slack
Ian BrimbleIan Brimble
As Sergeant Lake
Cheryl CampbellCheryl Campbell
As Griselda Clement
Deddie DaviesDeddie Davies
As Mrs. Salisbury
Jack GallowayJack Galloway
As Bill Archer
James HazeldineJames Hazeldine
As Lawrence Redding
Kathleen BidmeadKathleen Bidmead
As Miss Wetherby
Kenneth KeelingKenneth Keeling
As Ned Abbot
Michael BrowningMichael Browning
As Dr. Haydock
Norma WestNorma West
As Mrs. Lestrange
Paul EddingtonPaul Eddington
As Reverend Leonard Clement
Polly AdamsPolly Adams
As Anne Protheroe
Rachel Weaver (1)Rachel Weaver (1)
As Mary Wright
Robert LangRobert Lang
As Colonel Lucius Protheroe
Rosalie CrutchleyRosalie Crutchley
As Mrs. Price-Ridley
Tara MacGowranTara MacGowran
As Lettice Protheroe
Tony BrandonTony Brandon
As Fred Abbot
Main Cast
David HorovitchDavid Horovitch
As Inspector Slack
Joan HicksonJoan Hickson
As Miss Marple
Episode Quotes
Miss Marple: (entering) Good evening, Inspector.
Inspector Slack: (disbelieving) St. Mary Mead - of course. Miss Marple!
Miss Marple: I just happened to be ...
Inspector Slack: Of course you did!!!
Miss Marple: I'm sure it will be a great relief to the dear vicar to know that someone so professional - and so energetic - is in charge of the case, Inspector - as indeed it is to me. (Exiting) - Thank you.

Miss Marple: I first came across Inspector Slack over that dreadful business at Gossington Hall when Arthur and Dolly Bantry lived there. He's rather like one of these diesel engines that are now appearing all over our railways - most unappealing, but, I am told, efficient. Well, I suppose we shall have to learn to live with such things - and such people. I think you were trying to tell him something, weren't you, Vicar?

Inspector Slack: I thought it was looking to good to be true. I should have known better. As soon as I saw that nice little grey-haired cobra sliding about I should have known better...
Doctor: Mmm?
Inspector Slack: The Marple woman. Sticks to this sort of business like chewing gum to the cat.

Miss Marple: (to Griselda) Oh, my dear, do you think you should - in your condition?
Griselda: I've always suspected you of keeping a broomstick under the stairs, Miss Marple, and now I know.
Revd. Clement: Griselda!
Griselda: Yes, Len darling?
Revd. Clement: What - I mean - condition?!!
Griselda: A little Clement is forecast.
Revd. Clement: Oh, I say!
Griselda: Yes.
Revd. Clement: Oh, I say!!

Episode Goofs
Although the period detail is generally fascinating, there are a some musical mistakes: the church organist would certainly not have played Albinoni's Adagio at Matins.

This episode of Miss Marple was set in 1954; thus the modern stickers which Miss Marple is selling in aid of the Church Restoration Fund are anachronistic. In the mid fifties modern stickers took the form of a piece of cardboard which was attached to the doner's lapel with a pin.

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