Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
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The Pale Horse 

Miss Marple's priest friend is battered to death after visiting a dying woman. Seeking justice, she becomes entangled in an organization centered around an inn run by purported witches.


Andy Hay


Russell Lewis (screenplay), Agatha Christie (novel)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julia McKenzie ... Miss Marple
Nicholas Parsons Nicholas Parsons ... Father Gorman
Lynda Baron Lynda Baron ... Mrs. Coppins
Elizabeth Rider ... Mrs. Davis
JJ Feild ... Paul Osbourne
Jodie Hay Jodie Hay ... Bertie
Jason Merrells ... Dr. Kerrigan
Neil Pearson ... Inspector Lejeune
Jonathan Cake ... Mark Easterbrook
Nigel Planer ... Mr. Venables
Jenny Galloway ... Bella
Susan Lynch ... Sybil Stamfordis
Pauline Collins ... Thyrza Grey
Tom Ward ... Captain Cottam
Sarah Alexander ... Lydia Harsnet


Miss Marple is shocked when she receives a note from an old friend,Father Gorman only to read in the newspaper the very same day that he was murdered. He had attended a dying woman, Mrs. Davis, who died the previous evening and it was while he was on his way home that he was apparently attacked. The police have put it down to a mugging but the letter Miss Marple received from him intrigues her: a list of surnames and a quote from the bible. The policeman in charge of the case, Inspector Lejeune is skeptical about it all being a murder but when Miss Marple inspects Mrs. Davis' rooms, she finds an identical list to that sent to her by Father Gorman and also a reference to the Pale Horse Inn in Much Deeping, Hampshire. She soon checks into the inn and pursues her own investigation. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

10 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie Marple: The Pale Horse See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


If you look closely at the names of the crew in the closing credits (after the cast of characters), you will see certain names have a red letter in them. The letters spell out GOODY CARNE, the name of the "witch" in the execution reenactment scene. See more »


Unless I am very much mistaken, the Inspector claimed he was ground-crew for Mr Easterbrook, who flew Lancaster bombers for 317 squadron: if so that is something of a goof, because 317 squadron flew fighters and was crewed by air-crew and ground-crew from Poland. See more »


[first lines]
Mrs Davis: August, qu'est-ce que tu bois? Shaw, Harmondsworth. God forgive me! Wickedness!
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Behold a pale horse
3 October 2015 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Julia McKenzie is as good as Joan Hickson as the mischievous Miss Marple;both are closer to Christie's character than the sturdy Margaret Rutherford in George Pollock's sixties movies.

I read "the pale horse" a long long time ago but I remember the black magic,an unusual subject for the writer.Note that Ariadne Oliver was replaced by Jane Marple.The first sequences ,in a foggy street ,looks more like a Sherlock Holmes adventure ,but what remains takes place in one of these small villages where the old lady pulls the rug from Under the cop's feet.It includes a (mortal) equivalent of Viagra-not in the book-,a list of people who mysteriously died after staying in that "Pale Horse" (from the Apocalypse?),a priest who was murdered after confessing a dying woman,a secret ceremony in which the three witches invoke the evil spirits ,a man in a wheelchair who might be able to walk (and kill?).

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