Agatha Christie's Marple
|Starring||Geraldine McEwan (2004-2009)
Julia McKenzie (2009-present)
|Country of origin||UK|
|No. of series||6|
|No. of episodes||23|
|Producer(s)||Agatha Christie Ltd.,
|Running time||89-95 minutes|
|Original channel||ITV, STV, UTV|
|Original run||12 December 2004 – present|
|Related shows||Miss Marple|
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.
Awards and Nominations
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. Marple has been shown in South Korea in EBS, and currently is viewed by many audience from MegaTV. In Norway, the series has been airing on state broadcaster NRK1 as "Miss Marple". In Sweden, Marple airs on on TV4, the biggest commercial TV station. In Brazil, the series airs on HBO Brasil. In Poland, the series airs on Ale Kino+.
In China, Agatha Christie's Marple is presented on CCTV-8, but The Body in the Library and Murder Is Easy haven't been shown due to the involvement of lesbian affair and incest rape separately. Why Didn't They Ask Evans? has been extensively edited due to the involvement of War-period China.
Changes to novels
The show has sparked controversy with some viewers for its adaptations of the novels. The first episode, The Body in the Library, changed the identity of one of the killers and introduced lesbianism into the plot; the second episode explored Miss Marple's earlier life; the third episode contained a motive change and the fourth episode cut several characters and added affairs into the story and emphasized a lesbian subplot that was quite discreet in the original novel. The second series also saw some changes. By the Pricking of My Thumbs was originally a Tommy and Tuppence story, while The Sittaford Mystery was also not originally a Miss Marple book and the identity of the killer was changed. The third series has two adaptations that were not originally Miss Marple books: Ordeal by Innocence. and Towards Zero. The fourth series continues the trend with Murder Is Easy and Why Didn't They Ask Evans?. The fifth series does the same, with The Secret of Chimneys and The Pale Horse, as does the sixth series with Endless Night.
- The Body in the Library makes some significant changes including a lesbian affair and the identity of one of the killers.
- The Murder at the Vicarage explores Miss Marple's early life.
- 4:50 from Paddington changes the killer's motive.
- A Murder Is Announced changes a couple of the characters and emphasizes a lesbian relationship.
- Sleeping Murder inserts a central romantic relationship and a travelling band of singers named 'The Funnybones'.
- The Moving Finger changes a few main devices.
- By the Pricking of My Thumbs was not originally a Miss Marple book, and changes many plot elements.
- The Sittaford Mystery changes the identity of the killer and inserts Miss Marple into the story.
- At Bertram's Hotel was only very loosely based on the novel, and changes the plot, characters and setting.
- Ordeal by Innocence includes drastic changes to the characters, the least of which is adding Marple into the story.
- Towards Zero was not originally a Miss Marple book.
- Nemesis is only very loosely based on the novel, and experiments with both the suspects and setting.
- A Pocket Full of Rye is a surprisingly faithful adaption of the book, with only minor changes to the way characters are described.
- Murder Is Easy was not originally a Miss Marple book, and changes the murderer's motive.
- They Do It With Mirrors combines a few characters and adds an arson.
- Why Didn't They Ask Evans? was not originally a Miss Marple book, and was completely rewritten.
- The Pale Horse was not originally a Miss Marple book.
- The Secret of Chimneys was not originally a Miss Marple book, changes the killer's identity and uses elements from The Herb of Death.
- The Blue Geranium is greatly embellished from the original short story.
- The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side keeps closely to the original story.
- A Caribbean Mystery keeps closely to the original story.
- Greenshaw's Folly is combined with The Thumb Mark of St. Peter; the story is embellished, but keeps to the core of the original.
- Endless Night was not originally a Miss Marple book, but is very similar to The Case of The Caretaker.
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.
Marple was filmed in various locations, including London, the villages of Englefield in Berkshire, Chilham in Kent and the village of Turville, in Buckinghamshire. Knebworth House was used in 4.50 From Paddington 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. 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. Scenes were filmed in Dorchester for Endless Night.
- Desk, Entertainment (16 June 2011). "Marple – "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" 16th June 2011 on ITV1". The Global Herald. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
- Agatha Christie's Miss Marple (series 1) at pbs.org
- Agatha Christie's Miss Marple (series 2) at pbs.org
- Agatha Christie's Miss Marple (series 3) at pbs.org
- Agatha Christie's Miss Marple (series 4) at pbs.org
- Agatha Chrstie's Miss Marple (series 5) at pbs.org
- Marple at geraldinemcewan.com
- Agatha Christie's Marple at TV.com
- Slečna Marplová - Geraldine McEwan