Next Episode -->

Miss Marple: 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).

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Wednesday December 26th, 1984

Guest Stars
David HorovitchDavid Horovitch
As Inspector Slack
Gwen WatfordGwen Watford
As Dolly Bantry
Ian BrimbleIan Brimble
As Sergeant Lake
Moray WatsonMoray Watson
As Colonel Arthur Bantry
Anthony SmeeAnthony Smee
As Basil Blake
Ciaran MaddenCiaran Madden
As Adelaide Jefferson
Frederick JaegerFrederick Jaeger
As Colonel Melchett
Keith DrinkelKeith Drinkel
As Mark Gaskell
Trudie StylerTrudie Styler
As Josie Turner
Andrew Cruickshank (1)Andrew Cruickshank (1)
As Conway Jefferson
Debbie ArnoldDebbie Arnold
As Dinah Lee
Hugh WaltersHugh Walters
As Mr. Prescott
Jess ConradJess Conrad
As Raymond Starr
Raymond FrancisRaymond Francis
As Sir Henry Clithering
Sally Jane JacksonSally Jane Jackson
As Ruby Keene
Stephen ChurchettStephen Churchett
As Major Reeve
Valentine DyallValentine Dyall
As Lorimer
Andrew DownerAndrew Downer
As Peter Carmody
Arthur BostromArthur Bostrom
As George Bartlett
Astra SheridanAstra Sheridan
As Pamela Reeve
John BardonJohn Bardon
As Police Constable Palk
Karen SeacombeKaren Seacombe
As Florrie Small
Martyn ReadMartyn Read
As Hugo McLean
Sarah WhitlockSarah Whitlock
As Policewoman
Colin HigginsColin Higgins
As Malcolm
Kathleen BreckKathleen Breck
As Bridget
Sidney LivingstoneSidney Livingstone
As Mr. Brogan
Main Cast
David HorovitchDavid Horovitch
As Inspector Slack
Joan HicksonJoan Hickson
As Miss Marple
Gwen WatfordGwen Watford
As Dolly Bantry
Episode Notes
Inspector Slack only appeared in three of the original books -The Body in the Library, The Murder at the Vicarage, and The Thirteen Problems - but he is used in five stories in this excellent series.

The location for the fictional village of St. Mary Mead was Nether Wallop, in Hampshire.

Episode Quotes
Sir Henry Clithering: May I make a suggestion?
Conway Jefferson: Do.
Sir Henry Clithering: Did you know that downstairs in the foyer is one of the most formidable criminologists in England?
Conway Jefferson: Really?
Sir Henry Clithering: Oh yes. And I could lay you almost any odds you would never recognise her as such.
Conway Jefferson: Her?
Sir Henry Clithering: Mmm. There she sits, an elderly spinster, sweet, placid - so you'd think. Yet her mind has plumbed the depths of human iniquity and taken it all in a day's work.
Conway Jefferson: How do we involve her?
Sir Henry Clithering: (indulgently) I expect she's involved already. She lives in St. Mary Mead only a couple of miles from Arthur and Dolly's place. It's extraordinary, she knows the world only through the prism of that village and its daily life. By knowing the village so thoroughly, she seems to know the world.

Missing Information
Click here to add Music
Click here to add Episode Goofs
Click here to add Cultural References
Click here to add Episode References
Click here to add Analysis