Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
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The Murder at the Vicarage 

No one seems surprised when Colonel Protheroe is found murdered in the local vicarage. Red herrings abound, especially when his widow and her lover both confess to the murder.


Charlie Palmer (as Charles Palmer)


Agatha Christie (novel), Stephen Churchett (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine McEwan ... Miss Marple
John Owens ... Photographer
Jana Carpenter Jana Carpenter ... May Ainsworth
Tim McInnerny ... Rev. Leonard Clement
Siobhan Hayes ... Mary Hill
Rachael Stirling ... Griselda Clement
Julian Morris ... Dennis Clement
Mark Gatiss ... Ronald Hawes
Robert Powell ... Dr. Haydock
Jane Asher ... Mrs. Lester
Janet McTeer ... Anne Protheroe
Derek Jacobi ... Colonel Protheroe
Angela Pleasence ... Miss Hartnell
Miriam Margolyes ... Mrs. Price-Ridley
Christina Cole ... Lettice Protheroe


Colonel Lucius Protheroe is probably the least-liked individual in St Mary Mead. All resent his superior and demanding attitude. So, when he is found dead in the vicarage study, there is no end of suspects. His wife Ann was having an affair with a local artist, Lawrence Redding. His daughter Lettice bridled under his strict rule. There is also the vicar and his assistant, whom Protheroe suspected of stealing church funds. Finally, there is the mysterious Mrs. Lester with whom he clearly had some previous connection. Jane Marple, recuperating at home from a sprained ankle, had a bird's eye view of all the comings and goings at the vicarage around the time of the murder and she gladly assists Inspector Slack in solving the crime. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

19 December 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie Marple: Muerte en la vicaría See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Julie Cox (who plays a young Miss Marple), Marc Warren (who plays Captain Ainsworth), and Rachael Stirling (Griselda Clement) all appeared together in the Agatha Christie's Poirot episode "Five Little Pigs" See more »


At about minute 17 when the vicar greets Mrs. Lestrange she mentions the bible verse "to everything there is a season" which he wrongly attributes to Proverbs. It is actually from the book of Ecclesiastes. See more »


DI Slack: [Miss Marple reveals that the note Colonel Protheroe left behind may have been altered] Thank you, Miss Marple. That means that he could have been shot after 6:20, and the murderer just put that onto the note, and then altered the clock...
Miss Jane Marple: To the time when Mrs. Protheroe came here in answer to her anonymous telephone call, and Mr. Redding's gun is the murder weapon.
[snaps her fingers]
Miss Jane Marple: I think they were being, um... set up as pasties.
DI Slack: [correcting] "Patsies," it is.
Miss Jane Marple: Thank you, Inspector.
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Version of Mord im Pfarrhaus (1970) See more »

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A thoroughly enjoyable and edgy Miss Marple movie
13 September 2012 | by PaularocSee all my reviews

Hickson, McEwan, McKenzie - they each brought their own take on the Miss Marple character and I like all three actors in the role. McEwan's is the most edgy and worldly of the portrayals. From the costumes to the sets to the music, the production values of this show are marvelous and, with the exception of those playing the young adults, the cast is outstanding especially Janet McTeer. When I first saw this show I had no idea who McTeer was but since her amazing performance in the Albert Nobbs movie, I have gained an appreciation for her considerable acting talent and she shines in this episode. Derek Jacobi plays Colonel Protheroe - a blowhard, nasty and arrogant character who is just begging to be murdered as indeed he is. Although I recalled the solution having read the book, the mystery was still riveting and the ending was quite shocking. The one jarring bit to the story was the revelation of Miss Marple's youthful affair during WW I; the love affair itself seemed possible and believable but that it was with a married man seems way too unlikely and added nothing to the story. Even so, this show was a winner.

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