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Agatha Christie's Marple is a British television series based on Christie's female sleuth, Miss Jane. The series premiered in 2004 with Geraldine McEwan in the title role. Viewers were not sure that McEwan fit the role of Miss Marple, but the ratings slowly climbed, and soon it became one of the most-watched television shows in the UK and around the world.

Based on the writings of Dame Agatha Christie, the series revolves around the exploits of amateur sleuth Jane Marple. Miss Marple seems at first to be just a sweet little old lady. Adversaries soon realize she has a mind like a steel trap. She is a force to be reckoned with.

Miss Marple resides in the quiet village of St. Marys Mead. She is a bit of a nosy, gossipy little woman but is well liked by all. Although she has never married, Miss Marple has a gaggle of nieces, nephews and family friends to visit. She is often crocheting or knitting some pink fluffy item for a neighbor's child or a new little niece or nephew.

Wherever she goes, murder seems close at hand. Through keen instincts and listening to gossip, she always seems to be one step ahead of the local police and detectives. Detectives find her a minor irritant and generally dismiss her as a silly old biddy. Soon they realize how they have underestimated her. Much to the chagrin of detectives, she has a talent for discovering who the culprit is. She is seldom wrong.

In 2007 Geraldine retired from the role. Julia Mckenzie took over the role of Miss Marple. Mckenzie's Marple is slightly different from McEwan's. Some critics have noticed that her character was closer to Joan Hickman's portrayal of the sleuth in the 80s.

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5 Seasons, 20 Episodes
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  • St. Mary Mead is abuzz with the news that Hollywood star Marina Gregg has moved into Gossington Hall.

  • Miss Marple turns to her old friend Sir Henry Clithering, retired from Scotland Yard, for help with a troubling case. Did the wealthy and unpopular Mary Pritchard really die of shock when the geranium on her wallpaper turned blue? And what about the murder that happened soon after, and the body discovered shortly before? Miss Marple has new evidence and must stop a court hearing before the wrong person is found guilty.

  • Miss Marple accompanies Lady Virginia Revel to her family home of Chimneys, a great house once famed for its diplomatic gatherings. MP George Lomax has persuaded Virginia's father to host an evening for an Austrian count. George has also proposed to Virginia, who is torn between her duty and her heart. Then a murder in a secret passageway puts Miss Marple on the path to uncovering Chimney's dark past.

  • Miss Marple (Julia McKenzie, Cranford) receives a mysterious list of names from her friend Father Gorman, who sent it moments before he was brutally murdered on a London street. She soon discovers that people on the list are dying. A clue leads her to the Pale Horse Inn in Hampshire, a spooky establishment run by three modern-day witches. As she closes in one the truth, one of the guests is found dead in his bed, and Miss Marple learns that her own life may be in danger. This "quintessential Agatha Christie murder mystery" (The Times, U.K.) features a star-studded cast including Oscar nominee Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine), Sarah Alexander (Coupling), JJ Feild (Northanger Abbey), and Bill Paterson (Traffik).

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