Welcome to the Agatha Christie's Marple guide at TV.com.
Geraldine McEwan (series 1-3) and Julia McKenzie (from series 4) star in the latest TV adaption of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. Following in the footsteps of Gracie Fields, Margaret Rutherford, Angela Lansbury, Helen Hayes and Joan Hickson, Geraldine McEwan brought the part of the elderly amateur sleuth Jane Marple with an extraordinary knack of solving crimes back to the small screen in 2004, broadcast on ITV1. The series is based on the Miss Marple stories by Agatha Christie, who's novels have also been adapted for Agatha Christie's Poirot, as well as adapting other Christie novels introduces the character of Miss Marple to them. Despite mixed reviews as to McEwan's suitability to the role and adaptions made to the stories to give a more modern edge, the series has proved highly popular and attracted large viewing figures in the UK and around the world.
After the completion of filming of series 3, it was announed that Geraldine McEwan would be retiring from the role. From series 4, for which four new episodes have been produced, Julia McKenzie will be taking on the role. The series is due to air in the UK some time during 2009.
The novels that have been adapted by ITV are:
The Murder At The Vicarage (1930)
The Sittaford Mystery (1931) [non-Marple]
Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1934) [non-Marple]
Murder is Easy (1939) [non-Marple]
The Body In The Library (1942)
The Moving Finger (1943)
Towards Zero (1944) [non-Marple]
A Murder Is Announced (1950)
They Do It With Mirrors (1952)
A Pocketful of Rye (1953)
4:50 From Paddington (1957)
Ordeal By Innocence (1958) [non-Marple]
At Bertram's Hotel (1965)
By The Pricking Of My Thumbs (1968) [non-Marple]
Sleeping Murder (1976)
TV tie-in versions of the four novels in the first series have been published. The novels of the first two films in the second series (the two Marple novels) have also been republished as TV tie-in novels. The second series also featured two non-Marple novels by Agatha Christie being adapted with Miss Marple added in. For the third series, another two Marple and two non-Marple novels were adapted. The pattern is set to continue with the fourth series. A documentary entitled Behind The Scenes: Agatha Christie's Marple was shown on ITV3 after the final episode of the first series. The documentary is available on the DVD release of the first series.