The Murder at the Vicarage
Airing Sundays, April 17 + 24, 2005 on PBS
(Check local listings; dates and times may vary)
This is a wonderful adaptation... Geraldine McEwan is perfect as Jane Marple... Great Sunday night viewing!
-- Sydney Morning Herald
When the vicar in Miss Marple's home village declares in exasperation that anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe would be doing the world a service, he does not realize his words will come back to haunt him. In The Murder at the Vicarage the victim is indeed the odious Colonel Protheroe (Derek Jacobi, Gosford Park, Cadfael), whom many people have good reason to wish dead.
Over dinner at the vicarage, the vicar (Tim McInnerny, Notting Hill), his glamorous young wife Griselda (Rachel Stirling, Othello, Tipping the Velvet), the handsome artist Lawrence Redding (Jason Flemyng), and the nervous curate Hawes (Mark Gattis) each describe how they would murder the colonel. Even an elderly scholar and his granddaughter (Herbert Lom and Emily Bruni), who are researching the colonel's house, have a motive to do him in.
When the colonel takes a fatal bullet in the vicar's study, Inspector Slack (Stephen Tompkinson, Lucky Jim) arrives to find that the clues just don't add up. Only Miss Marple can do the math.
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