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Olivier award-winning actress Julia McKenzie returns as Britain’s much-loved spinster sleuth, Miss Marple, in the first of three new Agatha Christie adaptions to screen on ITV.
Kimberley Nixon (Fresh Meat, Hebburn), Fiona Shaw (True Blood, Harry Potter), Jim Moir (Shooting Stars, Eric & Ernie, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer), Sam Reid (Hatfields & McCoys, Endeavour, Spooks) and Martin Compston (The Ice Cream Girls, Line of Duty, Sweet Sixteen) join legendary actress Julia McKenzie as she recreates her most iconic role in the second of three new Agatha Christie adaptations commissioned by ITV.
Full episode synopsis:
When Louisa Oxley (Kimberley Nixon), an old family friend, visits Miss Marple on the run one stormy night, our amateur sleuth knows she must help both Louisa and her young son Archie (Bobby Smalldridge) by finding them refuge at the nearby Greenshaw's Folly.
Miss Marple secures Louisa a secretarial position at the Folly, a shambolic country pile of her dear friend, the eccentric botanist, Miss Greenshaw (Fiona Shaw), the last in a long family line. However, despite Louisa quickly finding herself with two admirers in the form of gardener Alfred Pollock (Martin Compston) and actor Nat Fletcher (Sam Reid) it soon becomes clear that the labyrinthine Folly isn't quite the safe house Miss Marple had hoped for.
Death soon begins to cast its dark and sinister shadow, firstly over Walter Cracken (Jim Moir), the Folly’s loyal butler, whose demise appears to be an accident after one wee dram too many.
But worldly-wise Miss Marple is far less convinced than the brusque Inspector Welch (John Gordon Sinclair). And then when Folly guest Horace Bindler (Rufus Jones) goes missing, a dangerous storm seems to be gathering finally bursting to dramatic effect with the gruesome murder of Miss Greenshaw herself.
All are suspects, but none can imagine the secrets, both past and present, which Miss Marple is about to unravel.
Julia McKenzie - Miss Marple
Kimberley Nixon - Louisa Oxley
Julia Sawalha - Mrs Cresswell
Martin Compston - Alfred Pollock
Sam Reid - Nat Fletcher
John Gordon Sinclair - Inspector Welch
Matt Jay - Willis Cayley
Robert Glenister - Father Brophy
Judy Parfitt - Cicely Beauclerk
Fiona Shaw - Miss Greenshaw
Rufus Jones - Horace Bindler
Jim Moir - Walter Cracken
Oscar Pearce - Philip Oxley
Candida Gubbins - Minnie Tulliver
Joanna David - Grace Ritchie
Bobby Smalldridge - Archie Oxley