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The Murder at the Vicarage is the second episode of the first series of Agatha Christie's Marple. It was broadcast on ITV by Granada Television in 2004. The screenplay was written by Stephen Churchett, and the episode was directed by Charles Palmer. It an adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel of the same name.


Colonel Lucius Protheroe is probably the least-liked individual in St Mary Mead. All resent his superior and demanding attitude. So, when he is found dead in the vicarage study, there is no end of suspects. His wife Ann was having an affair with a local artist, Lawrence Redding. His daughter Lettice bridled under his strict rule. There is also the vicar and his assistant, whom Protheroe suspected of stealing church funds. Finally, there is the mysterious Mrs. Lester with whom he clearly had some previous connection. Jane Marple, recuperating at home from a sprained ankle, had a bird's eye view of all the comings and goings at the vicarage around the time of the murder and she gladly assists Inspector Slack in solving the crime.

Comparison with original novel[]

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This version eliminates the characters of Dr Stone and Gladys Cram, replacing them with Professor Dufosse and his granddaughter Helene, and the reclusive Mrs Lestrange becomes a lavish alcoholic named Mrs Lester. Miss Marple is given an ankle injury during the course of the lead-up to the murder. In this adaptation, Miss Marple is portrayed as a close friend of Anne Protheroe. A major departure for the book is the addition of a series of flashbacks to Miss Marple's youth and her love affair with a married soldier.


Tropes and Themes[]

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  • A murderous couple.
  • The murderer was cheating on the victim.
  • The murderer makes a false confession early on.
  • Miss Marple is injured.
  • Disguising the time of death.
  • The witnesses are intentionally misled.

Filming Locations[]

  • Hambleden, Buckinghamshire - street scenes and church
  • Church Cottage, Turville, Buckinghamshire - Miss Marple's cottage

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