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Sleeping Murder was filmed by the BBC as a 100-minute film in the sixth adaptation (of twelve) in the BBC's Miss Marple TV series starring Joan Hickson as Miss Marple. It was transmitted in two 50-minute parts on Sunday, 11 January and Sunday, 18 January 1987. The episodes were directed by John Davies with screenplay by Ken Taylor. It is an adaptation of the Christie novel of the same name.


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



Filming locations

  • Fore Street, Otterton - cottages in opening scene
  • Watch Hill, Budleigh Salterton - Hillside[1]
  • Sidmouth - Dillmouth scenes
  • Cadhay House, Ottery Saint Mary - Anstell Manor[2]

Research notes

  • There is an easter egg in the episode. Towards the end, in the scene where Giles is calling Gwenda from the hospital, there is a poster on the wall advertising the "Ottery Saint Mary village church fete" to be held at Cadhay House and Gardens. Cadhay House was used in the episode as the filming location of Anstell Manor where Colonel Erskine lived.