Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Doctor Who Vs. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Murder at the Vicarage

Following an initial short-story appearance in 
The Tuesday Night Club (for The Royal Magazine
in 1927), Agatha Christie's first full-length Miss
Marple mystery (her tenth novel) was published 
in 1930.That earlier case was later released in
book form with a dozen others, in the anthology
The Thirteen Problems.
Following a West End stage production in 1949,
The Murder at the Vicarage was first dramatised
for television by BBC1 (their fifth Marple serial),
and originally aired on Christmas Day 1986.
An ITV Studios version was shown in 2004.
For the regular series production crew members
George Gallaccio (producer), Bernard Ashby 
(editor), and John Walker (cinematographer)
and their classic era links, see my blog for The 
Body in the Library.
The serial was repeated again on the Drama channel last night, and featured
Paul Eddington (as Reverend Clement), David Horovitch (DS Slack), and
nine Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Jack Galloway (Archer) played Captain Joseph Willow in The Awakening
  • Christopher Good (Hawes) was Morgan (pictured) in The Beast Below
  • Rachel Weaver (Mary) was Inga in Terminus
  • Kathleen Bidmead (Miss Wetherby) was a Tribe Elder in The Mysterious Planet, a Rezzie in Paradise Towers, Mrs. Smith in Remembrance of the Daleks, a Tourist in Silver Nemesis and Woman in Survival
  • Thea Murray was a production assistant on The Masque of Mandragora too
  • production designer Raymond London also designed The War Machines, The Krotons and The Mind of Evil
  • Sylvia Thornton was make-up designer on The Android Invasion too
  • Bill Chesneau was also sound recordist on The InvasionThe Curse of PeladonDeath to the Daleks and The Leisure Hive
  • Christopher Sandeman was the AFM on Time and the Rani too

BBC Radio 4 transmitted a five-part adaptation of The Murder at the Vicarage in December 1995. June Whitfield again voiced Miss Marple, and was joined by:
  • Richard Todd (Melchett) was Sanders in Kinda
  • Imelda Staunton (Griselda) provided the voice of the Interface for The Girl Who Waited

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