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Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder (1987)

When a young bride moves into a country manor, long repressed childhood memories of witnessing a murder come to the surface.

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John Davies

Writer:

Ken Taylor (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Hickson ... Miss Marple
Geraldine Alexander ... Gwenda Reed
John Moulder-Brown ... Giles Reed
Frederick Treves ... Doctor James Kennedy
Jean Anderson ... Mrs. Fane
Terrence Hardiman ... Walter Fane
John Bennett ... Richard Erskine
Geraldine Newman ... Janet Erskine
Jack Watson ... Mr. Foster
Joan Scott ... Mrs. Cocker
Jean Heywood ... Edith Paget
Georgine Anderson ... Mrs. Hengrave
Edward Jewesbury ... Mr. Sims
David McAlister ... Raymond West
Amanda Boxer ... Joan West
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Storyline

BBC TV adaption of the Agatha Christie's novel. A young recently married woman, Gwenda Reed, comes back to England after living most of her life in New Zealand. While her husband, Giles, is out of the country she buys a house for them and starts recalling memories which make her start to think that perhaps she had lived in the house before. It's only then, while dining out with friends, that a chance remark triggered off a frightening memory, as a little girl, looking down at a woman's body and the murderer with "monkey paws" hands. Gwenda is determined to find out the sources of this memory. The killer, thought that he/she was safe after eighteen years and is prepared to kill to cover up the past. But Gwenda has help as one of her dining friends is Raymond West, who has a very special Aunt who is willing to help Gwenda - Miss Jane Marple... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Release Date:

11 January 1987 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

The director thought the script was much better than the book. See more »

Goofs

The "posh car" owned by the tour bus company owner is a bright yellow roadster that looks suspiciously like a 1957 Ford Thunderbird, though it may have been a British make of similar design. But the headlights and taillights are unmistakably from the period of 1955-1957. If this mystery series is set in the post-WWII era of 1946-48, that car would have been about 10 years before its time. See more »

Quotes

Gwenda Reed: Why didn't *we* think of that?
Miss Jane Marple: Because you believed what he told you. It's very dangerous to believe people - I haven't for years.
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Followed by Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (1992) See more »

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Far better than the recent version
21 September 2007 | by pawebsterSee all my reviews

The 1980s adaptations starring Joan Hickson are on the slow side by modern standards. This was in fact the last golden age of television before it was ruined by too many channels and the advent of the MTV attention span -- which has sadly affected us all, I fear. This version is lovingly crafted with delightful period details.

Although, in its slowness, this version fails to build up the various suspects as sufficiently menacing, it is a good version which keeps quite faithful to the book. Geraldine Alexander is excellent as Gwenda and to my ears does a super New Zealand accent. John Moulder-Brown is a let-down as her unconvincing animatronic husband, beautifully dressed in the gent's outfitters styles of the period, but far too mannered in his perfect elocution. Joan Hickson does her stuff very well as usual.

It is interesting (if depressing) to compare this with the travesty version starring Geraldine McEwan, where the plot has been mangled -- and garbled -- beyond recognition.


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