Agatha Christie's Marple

Agatha Christie's Marple (or simply Marple) is a British ITV television series loosely based on the books and short stories by British crime novelist Agatha Christie. The title character was played by Geraldine McEwan from the first to third series, until her retirement from the role, and by Julia McKenzie from the fourth series onwards. Following the conclusion of the sixth series, it was announced that the BBC had acquired the rights for the production of Agatha Christie adaptations, suggesting that ITV would be unable to make a seventh series of Marple.[1][2]

Marple
StarringGeraldine McEwan (2004–2009)
Julia McKenzie (2009–2013)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series6
No. of episodes23 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)Agatha Christie Ltd.,
ITV Studios,
WGBH Boston
Running time88–94 minutes
Release
Original networkITV, STV, UTV
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release12 December 2004 –
29 December 2013
Chronology
Related showsMiss Marple
External links
Website

Overview

Each series consists of four feature-length episodes, except series six which only has three episodes. The first six episodes were all adaptations of Miss Marple novels by Christie. Subsequent episodes were derived both from works featuring Miss Marple but also Christie novels that did not feature the character. The title of the series removes the word Miss from Miss Marple, to match the title of the Agatha Christie's Poirot series.[3]

Plot outline

Agatha Christie's Marple follows the adventures of Miss Jane Marple, an elderly spinster living in the quiet little village of St Mary Mead. During her many visits to friends and relatives in other villages (and sometimes when simply being at home), Miss Marple often stumbles upon or hears about mysterious murders, which she helps solve. Although the police are sometimes reluctant to accept Miss Marple's help, her reputation and unparalleled powers of observation eventually win them over.

During her adventures, Miss Marple is aided by close friends, relatives, or other allies that she meets, which include Tommy and Tuppence - protagonists of another series of Christie novels.

Recurring characters

The only character to appear in every episode is Miss Marple herself, played by Geraldine McEwan until series 3 and by Julia McKenzie from series 4 onwards.[4][5]

A few other characters appear in more than one episode, although they are not always played by the same actor. Exceptions are Joanna Lumley, who plays Mrs Dolly Bantry in The Body in the Library and The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, and Stephen Churchett, who appears as the coroner in four episodes.

Dr Haydock appears in three episodes, but is played by three different actors: Robin Soans in The Body in the Library, Robert Powell in The Murder at the Vicarage and Neil Stuke in The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side. Jason Rafiel, an old friend of Marple's, was voiced by Herbert Lom (who also made an on-screen appearance as Mr Dufosse in The Murder at the Vicarage) in Nemesis and played by Antony Sher in A Caribbean Mystery.

The series also featured real-life characters: Winston Churchill appeared in The Sittaford Mystery, Noël Coward in 4:50 from Paddington, Louis Armstrong in At Bertram's Hotel, and Ian Fleming and James Bond in A Caribbean Mystery.

Adaptations

Christie wrote twelve novels about Miss Marple, all of which have been adapted for the series. They are:

In addition, a short story featuring Miss Marple, "The Blue Geranium," was adapted into a full-length episode.

Three others were modified by the show - "Greenshaw's Folly" and "The Thumb Mark of St. Peter" were combined into one story, whilst elements of "The Herb of Death" were incorporated into the adaptation of "The Secret of Chimneys."

It ceased to be likely that the remaining 18 short stories would be adapted by ITV after the BBC bought the rights to produce Agatha Christie adaptations.

Awards and nominations

Geraldine McEwan was nominated for a Satellite Award in 2005 for her role as Miss Marple in Series 1.[6] The first series was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2005.

Worldwide distribution

Agatha Christie's Marple is aired in the United States on PBS on Mystery!, where it is presented as Agatha Christie's "Miss Marple." The series is broadcast to the whole of Canada on CBC and in French on Radio-Canada. In Australia, Agatha Christie's Marple airs on ABC1.

Marple is also being broadcast on ATV World in Hong Kong, on EBS and MegaTV in South Korea and on CCTV-8 in China. China, however, refused to show The Body in the Library and Murder Is Easy, due to the involvement of a lesbian and an incestuous relationship respectively. Why Didn't They Ask Evans? was extensively edited, due to the involvement of War-period China.

In Norway, the series has been airing on state broadcaster NRK1 as "Miss Marple." In Sweden, Marple airs on TV4, the biggest commercial TV station. In Poland, the series airs on Ale Kino+. In the Czech Republic it is broadcast under the name Slečna Marplová, the Czech for "Miss Marple."

In Brazil, the series airs on HBO Brasil.

Changes to novels

The show has sparked controversy with some viewers for its adaptations of the novels.

DVD releases

The first series of Marple was released in March 2005 in the UK, followed by the second series in July 2006. Series 1 was released in the US (Region 1) in May 2005, followed by the second series in August 2006.

The third series was released in October 2007 in the US, but its UK release was delayed because of ITV's decision to defer airing the final two installments. ITV released the third series on DVD in October 2008, before the broadcast of the final episode, Nemesis in January 2009.

Series 4 was released in the UK in January 2010, before the airing of Why Didn't They Ask Evans? in June 2011. The fourth series was released in Region 1 in August 2009, after the conclusion of the broadcast on PBS Mystery!

Series 5 episodes The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, The Secret of Chimneys and The Blue Geranium were released in the US (Region 1) in August 2010. The remaining episode of the fifth series, The Pale Horse, was released separately in June 2011, coinciding with its broadcast on PBS Mystery! that year. Series 5 was released in the UK (Region 2) in June 2011. Series 1 to 5 were released in a 20 DVD box-set as "Agatha Christie's Marple - The Collection" in August 2011 in the UK.

Series 6 was released in the UK (Region 2) on 6 January 2014.[7] Series 1 to 6 were released in a 15 DVD box-set as "Marple: The Collection" on 13 January 2014.[8]

Location

Marple was filmed in various locations, including London, the villages of Englefield in Berkshire, Chilham in Kent, Turville in Buckinghamshire and Blewbury in Oxfordshire. Windsor Guildhall in Windsor was featured as the fictional Melchester in Murder at the Vicarage. Highclere Castle was used in 4.50 From Paddington, Knebworth House was in used in The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding" and "Greenshaw's Folly. Hatfield House was used as Chimneys in The Secret of Chimneys. Hambleden was used as St. Mary Mead and Dorney Court featured in The Body in the Library as Gossington Hall, home of the Bantry's. Fawley Court in Buckinghamshire was used as Stoneygates in They Do It with Mirrors and The Grotto was used as the exterior of the secret folly in Endless Night.[9] In Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, the Castle Savage scenes were largely filmed at Loseley Park near Guildford. A Caribbean Mystery was filmed in Cape Town, South Africa. The beach scenes were shot at Boulders Beach.[10] Scenes were filmed in Dorchester for Endless Night.[11] The exterior of Marina Gregg's house in The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side were filmed at North Mymms Park. The cemetery in Nemesis was filmed at Waverley Abbey.

Ratings

Series 1

Date Episode Viewers
(millions)[12]
12 December 2004 The Body in the Library 8.72
19 December 2004 The Murder at the Vicarage 8.36
26 December 2004 4:50 from Paddington 5.95
2 January 2005 A Murder Is Announced 7.78

Series 2

Date Episode Viewers
(millions)
5 February 2006 Sleeping Murder 8.74
12 February 2006 The Moving Finger 7.89
19 February 2006 By the Pricking of My Thumbs 7.93
30 April 2006 The Sittaford Mystery 6.58

Series 3

Date Episode Viewers
(millions)
23 September 2007 At Bertram's Hotel 5.41
30 September 2007 Ordeal by Innocence 5.54
3 August 2008 Towards Zero 5.84
1 January 2009 Nemesis 4.48

Series 4

Date Episode Viewers
(millions)
6 September 2009 A Pocket Full of Rye 5.39
13 September 2009 Murder Is Easy 4.86
1 January 2010 They Do It With Mirrors 5.55
15 June 2010 Why Didn't They Ask Evans? 4.51

Series 5

Date Episode Viewers
(millions)
30 August 2010 The Pale Horse 5.11
27 December 2010 The Secret of Chimneys 5.06
29 December 2010 The Blue Geranium 5.96
2 January 2011 The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side 4.93

Series 6

Date Episode Viewers
(millions)
16 June 2013 A Caribbean Mystery 4.89
23 June 2013 Greenshaw's Folly 5.11
29 December 2013 Endless Night 5.34

References

  1. ^ "David Walliams heralds new era for BBC as the new home of Agatha Christie adaptations", The radio Times, Feb 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "Case closed: ITV's Miss Marple", The Mirror, UK.
  3. ^ "Media, books", The Guardian, United Kingdom, Oct 22, 2004.
  4. ^ "McKenzie lands 'Miss Marple' role". 11 February 2008.
  5. ^ Brook, Stephen (11 February 2008). "Julia McKenzie confirmed as ITV1's new Miss Marple" – via www.theguardian.com.
  6. ^ "Geraldine McEwan". IMDb.
  7. ^ "Agatha Christie's Marple - Series 6". 6 January 2014 – via Amazon.
  8. ^ "Marple: The Collection - Series 1-6" – via Amazon.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Yes please to cream teas: Cold Feet and Spooks actress Hermione Norris revels in a traditional family holiday in Cornwall".
  11. ^ "Shooting starts in Dorchester for new Miss Marple". Oxford Mail.
  12. ^ "BARB - Broadcasters Audience Research Board". www.barb.co.uk.

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Agatha Christie's Marple is a British ITV television series based on the Miss Marple and other murder mystery novels by Agatha Christie. It is also known as Marple. The title character was played by Geraldine McEwan from the first to third series, until her retirement from the role. She was replaced by Julia McKenzie from the fourth series onwards. The first six episodes were all adaptations of Miss Marple novels by Christie. Subsequent episodes were derived both from works featuring Miss Marple but also Christie novels that did not feature the character.

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