Thursday, 4 January 2018

Doctor Who Vs. Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage

ITV Studio's Marple series (a co-production from
WGBH Boston and Agatha Christie Ltd) began in
2004 with The Body in the Library.
Geraldine McEwan (1932-2015) now portrayed the
Queen of Crime's iconic amateur sleuth, Miss Jane
Marple. She was succeeded by Julia McKenzie in
2007 after solving twelve cases.
First published in 1930, this classic Golden Age
locked room murder mystery was Christie's tenth
novel, and marked the full-length debut of Marple.
This period drama is only the second television
rendition of The Murder at the Vicarage, following
a BBC version in 1986. The Corporation retained
the TV rights to Christie's works in 2014. A five-
part adaptation for BBC Radio 4 aired in 1993.
The serial (the second in the initial run) was repeated 
again on ITV3 last night, and featured Robert Powell, 
Herbert Lom, Stephen Tompkinson, Mark Gatiss (as Reverend Hawes),
Derek Jacobi (Colonel Protheroe), and seventeen other Doctor Who 
cast and crew connections:

  • Jane Asher (Lester) voiced Susan Foreman for Whatever Happened to Susan?, and was Andrea Yates in The Sarah Jane Adventures: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?
  • Miriam Margolyes (Price-Ridley) voiced Leaf Apple Glyn Blathereen for The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift, and Frau Tod for The Beast of Orlok (BF, 2009)
  • Tim McInnerny (Clement) was Klineman Halpen in Planet of the Ood, and voiced Admiral Dolne for The Well-Mannered War (BF, 2015)
  • Christina Cole (Lettice) and Angela Pleasance (Miss Hartnell) both appeared in The Shakespeare Code, as Lilith and Queen Elizabeth I respectively
  • Jana Carpenter (May) was De Maggio in Dalek
  • screenplay writer and actor Stephen Churchett (Coroner) was Billy in Attack of the Cybermen
  • Big Finish actor Julie Cox (Young Marple) voiced 18th century English writer Mary Shelley for The Company of Friends: Mary's Story (2009), The Silver TurkThe Witch from the Well and Army of Death (all 2011)
  • Rachael Stirling (Griselda) was Ada Gillyflower (pictured) in The Crimson Horror, and voiced Demesne Furze for Trail of the White Worm (BF, 2012), Adelaine Dutemps for Dark Eyes 4: The Monster of Montmartre (2015), and Jill Meadows for Technophobia (2016)
  • John Owens (Photographer) was Thorpe in The Daemons
  • Charles Palmer also directed Smith and Jones, The Shakespeare Code, Human NatureThe Family of Blood, Oxygen and The Eaters of Light
  • Lee Sheward was also stunt co-ordinator on eleven stories (from The End of the World to The End of Time)
  • Adam Recht was the film editor on A Christmas Carol too
  • for Damien Timmer, Nigel Squibbs, Greg Bennett and Sean Clayton see my blog for The Body in the Library

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