Saturday, 29 October 2016

Doctor Who Vs. Marple: A Murder Is Announced

The Queen of Crime's fifty-first novel (her fourth 
Marple mystery) was published in 1950.
An American TV version of 1956 (which starred
Roger Moore and Rochdale-born Gracie Fields as
the spinster) was followed by British adaptations 
for BBC1 (in 1985), then ITV for this productiion.
First broadcast in January 2005, A Murder Is 
Announced (the fourth Marple serial) was repeated
again on ITV3 today, and saw radical plot
differences to the original story.
The cast, again headed by Geraldine McEwan (1932-
2015) as Miss Marple, featured Catherrine Tate 
(as Mitzi Kosinksi) and thirteen other Doctor Who 
cast and crew connections:

  • Alexander Armstrong (DI Craddock) and Claire Skinner (Amy) both appeared in The Doctor, the Widow and The Wardrobe as husband and wife, Reg and Madge Arwell (pictured) - Armstrong also provided the computer voice of Mr. Smith in all five series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, as well as for The Stolen Earth and Journey's End
  • Keeley Hawes (Phillipa) played Ms. Delphox in Time Heist
  • Zoe Wanamaker (Letitia) was Lady Cassandra in The End of the World and New Earth
  • Frances Barber (Lizzie) was Madame Kovarian throughout the Series 6 story arc
  • Robert Pugh (Easterbrook) was Tony Mack in The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood, and has been cast in Big Finish's The Diary of River Song 2 (new for 2017)
  • Christian Coulson (Edmund) voiced Pelleas in The Bride of Peladon, and Robert McIntosh in The Haunting of Thomas Brewster (BF, both 2008)
  • Gerard Horan (DS Fletcher) was Mr. Clark and Father of Mine in Human Nature and The Family of Blood
  • Cherie Lunghi (Mrs. Sweetenham) voiced Lady Adella for The Emerald Tiger (BF, 2012)
  • Christine Greenwood was the make-up designer on Remembrance of the Daleks too
  • for Damien Timmer (executive producer), Sean Clayton (second assistant director), and Nigel Squibbs (sound mixer) see my other Marple blogs

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