Miss Marple

8:30pm Saturday, February 26 on Prime

Drama

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans

As the sole witness to a dying man’s enigmatic last words, would-be young adventurer Bobby Attfield is determined to solve the riddle they posed and forms an unlikely alliance with the beautiful socialite Frankie Derwent and visiting family friend Miss Marple. But when someone tries to kill Bobby they realise a murderer is at large, and a trail of clues leads them to Castle Savage and its strange inhabitants… The trio cleverly charm an invitation to stay at the castle from the other-worldly Sylvia Savage, and they capture the interest of her teenage children by the late, and loathed, Sir Jack Savage.

Whilst provocative Dorothy seems intent on snaring Bobby, Tom haunts Frankie with all the stealth of his pet viper – and he is not pleased when she catches the eye of handsome music teacher Roger Bassington. Miss Marple, however, draws on her deep knowledge of human behaviour and quietly observes the retinue of people connected to the castle – the controlling psychiatrist Dr Nicholson and his delicate young wife Moira; the eccentric Claud Evans with his hothouse full of exotic orchids; and Wilson, Sylvia’s solemn, ever-present butler. Realising that Sir Jack was also murdered, Bobby and Frankie must navigate a hotbed of stifled emotion, treachery and poisonous deceit, but their theories are up-ended when another death occurs and Commander Peters makes a decisive arrest. In a shocking climax Miss Marple reveals the devastating truth behind the murders, and in so doing she is finally able to answer that most baffling question, “Why didn’t they ask Evans?”

8:30pm Saturday, February 19 on Prime

Drama

They Do It With Mirrors

Sensing danger surrounding her sister Carrie-Louise, Ruth Van Rydock enlists the help of old friend Miss Marple. However, after Carrie-Louise’s beloved step-brother is murdered during a dress rehearsal of an amateur stage show, Miss Marple has to draw from her deep understanding of human character in order to unpick the conjuring trick played out by the murderer, and reveal their identity.

8:30pm Saturday, February 12 on Prime

Drama

Murder Is Easy

During a chance encounter on a train, the elderly Miss Pinkerton confides in Miss Marple that she is going to Scotland Yard to report a murderer who has already struck several times in the peaceful village of Wychwood-under-Ashe. When she later reads that Miss Pinkerton died in a tragic accident before making her report, Miss Marple determines that it is now up to her to find out who the killer is. Charming her way into village life Miss Marple is befriended by Luke Fitzwilliam, a handsome former policeman who is increasingly drawn to the mysterious and beautiful young American Bridget Conway. But when the sudden death of belligerent Dr Humbleby leaves Reverend Wake increasingly busy with funeral services, Luke finds himself becoming Miss Marple’s confidante and ally in the search for the truth.

And whilst bereaved Jessie Humbleby loses her grip on reality, her daughter Rose helps young Dr Thomas in his General Election campaign against ambitious MP Major Horton and his wife Lydia, all under the scrutinising eye of local solicitor James Abbot. But when church organist Honoria Waynflete awakes to find the corpse of her maid Amy Gibbs, nervous Constable Reed steps in, turning to Miss Marple for guidance in the murky waters of his first murder case. As Luke downplays the link between the deaths and the arrival of Bridget, Miss Marple prepares to reveal a secret so shocking the villagers will never forget it…

8:30pm Saturday, February 5 on Prime

Drama

Pocket Full Of Rye

The delightful Julia McKenzie (pictured) stars as Miss Jane Marple in tonight’s sumptuous encore of Agatha Christie’s famous mystery novel. Wealthy businessman Rex Fortescue collapses after his breakfast, poisoned by an extract from yew berries. A pocketful of rye is found in his jacket. No one seems too upset, as Rex was universally disliked as a tyrant, especially by his children – ?amboyant traveller Lancelot, bookish Elaine and uptight businessman Percy. In fact, Yew Tree Lodge – with its collection of servants and housekeepers, each with their ear to the ground – seems a much happier place without him.

But the mood is about to darken. Inspector Neele is despatched to the house to investigate but Gladys, a maid who was trained by Miss Marple, writes to her former employer for help. Yet the call for assistance has come too late and Rex’s glamorous and cheating young wife Adele also falls foul of the poisoner. Gladys is found strangled, a peg on her nose. The case appears to be echoing the children’s rhyme ‘Sing A Song of Sixpence’. A playfully sinister killer is murdering victims and vanishing, seemingly without trace. Who will be next? Can Miss Marple unravel the reasons behind the crimes? Can this warm, quiet but calculating old lady unmask the murderer?

8:30pm Saturday, January 1 on Prime

Drama

Nemesis

Miss Marple is faced with her greatest challenge yet when she receives instructions from an old friend, the recently deceased Mr Rafiel, to investigate a ‘possible crime’. But there’s a catch – she has not been told what the crime is. Instead, she is booked onto a mystery coach tour to gather clues. Miss Marple takes her nephew Raymond West to accompany her on the tour as Mr Rafiel warns that danger may threaten. It begins to dawn on them both that all the passengers have been placed there for a reason, as their lives interconnect in various ways. Even more significantly, everyone is connected to a young girl, Verity Hunt, who went missing during the war.

They also realise that every destination on the tour is significant and start to piece together information about Verity, finding out that she fled from a nun’s sanctuary in the dead of night to be with her German lover, Mr Rafiel’s son Michael, and was never seen again. Is it mere coincidence that Verity also lodged with Sydney Lumley before he met his young wife Margaret? Margaret’s resemblance to Verity shocks the elderly Mr Raeburn, ex butler to the caustic lady of the manor Amanda Dalrymple, who threw out Verity for ‘stealing’ and is now travelling with an obsequious lawyer, Derek Turnbull. With the help of young detective Colin Hards, Miss Marple and Raymond piece together the secrets of the past to fulfil a promise to her dear old friend.

8:30pm Saturday, June 5 on Prime

Weekend Murders

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?

As the sole witness to a dying man’s enigmatic last words, would-be young adventurer Bobby Attfield is determined to solve the riddle they posed and forms an unlikely alliance with the beautiful socialite Frankie Derwent and visiting family friend Miss Marple. But when someone tries to kill Bobby they realise a murderer is at large, and a trail of clues leads them to Castle Savage and its strange inhabitants. The trio cleverly charm an invitation to stay at the castle from the other-worldly Sylvia Savage, and they capture the interest of her teenage children by the late, and loathed, Sir Jack Savage. Whilst provocative Dorothy seems intent on snaring Bobby, Tom haunts Frankie with all the stealth of his pet viper – and he is not pleased when she catches the eye of handsome music teacher Roger Bassington.

Miss Marple, however, draws on her deep knowledge of human behaviour and quietly observes the retinue of people connected to the castle – the controlling psychiatrist Dr Nicholson and his delicate young wife Moira; the eccentric Claud Evans with his hothouse full of exotic orchids; and Wilson, Sylvia’s solemn, ever-present butler.

Realising that Sir Jack was also murdered, Bobby and Frankie must navigate a hotbed of stifled emotion, treachery and poisonous deceit, but their theories are up-ended when another death occurs and Commander Peters makes a decisive arrest. In a shocking climax Miss Marple reveals the devastating truth behind the murders, and in so doing she is finally able to answer that most baffling question “Why didn’t they ask Evans?”

8:30pm Saturday, May 15 on Prime

Murder Mystery

They Do It With Mirrors

This stylish and superbly cast murder mystery sees Agatha Christie’s famous spinster sleuth Miss Marple (Julia McKenzie) coming to the aid of an old friend. International star Joan Collins (Dynasty) plays Jane Marple’s glamorous friend Ruth Van Rydock, whose concerns about her sister Carrie-Louise lead Miss Marple to visit Stonygates, the home Carrie shares with her third husband, various relatives and a rehabilitation centre for delinquent boys – the latest of Carrie’s philanthropic endeavours. Miss Marple finds Carrie in the same good spirits as ever, but soon discovers all is not well in her friend’s household. When an attempt is made on Carrie’s husband’s life, her stepson is murdered and someone tries to poison Carrie herself, Miss Marple needs all her brilliant observational skills to get to the truth.

Sunday 16th May 7:00pm

BONDI VET

Reality Series

A worried young couple make a mercy dash to the clinic with a Wallaroo named Heidi who is suffering from diarrhoea and severe dehydration. The couple rescued Heidi after her mum was hit by a car and have been caring for her ever since. Meanwhile, over at Bondi’s referral hospital SASH, one-year-old Dalmatian puppy Hugo is in serious trouble. He has something stuck in his bowel, which later is identified as a corn cob. How will Dr Lisa remove it? Also, John and Fiona travel over three hours to see Dr Chris in the hope that he can help their Sharpay dog – Mr Wilson. Poor Mr Wilson is slowly going blind. His skin folds over his eyes are so loose that his eyelashes are sitting on his eyeballs. Dr Chris proposes a drastic measure – some plastic surgery. Mr Wilson is set to receive an eye lift in order to save his sight. But how will this spoilt Sharpay survive being separated from his owners for the first time in his life?

8:35pm Saturday, May 1 on Prime

Drama

During a chance encounter on a train, the elderly Miss Pinkerton confides in Miss Marple that she is going to Scotland Yard to report a murderer who has already struck several times in the peaceful village of Wychwood-under-Ashe. When she later reads that Miss Pinkerton died in a tragic accident before making her report, Miss Marple determines that it is now up to her to find out who the killer is. Charming her way into village life Miss Marple is befriended by Luke Fitzwilliam, a handsome former policeman who is increasingly drawn to the mysterious and beautiful young American Bridget Conway. But when the sudden death of belligerent Dr Humbleby leaves Reverend Wake increasingly busy with funeral services, Luke finds himself becoming Miss Marple’s confidante and ally in the search for the truth.

And whilst bereaved Jessie Humbleby loses her grip on reality, her daughter Rose helps young Dr Thomas in his General Election campaign against ambitious MP Major Horton and his wife Lydia, all under the scrutinising eye of local solicitor James Abbot. But when church organist Honoria Waynflete awakes to find the corpse of her maid Amy Gibbs, nervous Constable Reed steps in, turning to Miss Marple for guidance in the murky waters of his first murder case. As Luke downplays the link between the deaths and the arrival of Bridget, Miss Marple prepares to reveal a secret so shocking the villagers will never forget it…

UKTV – Mondays from 31 August, 8.30pm

Celebrated actresses Julia McKenzie and Geraldine McEwan take on the role of world-famous crime writer Agatha Christie’s shrewd and inquisitive Miss Jane Marple in this stunning set of murder mysteries. Miss Marple doesn’t look like your average detective. Quite frankly, she doesn’t look like a detective at all. But looks can be deceiving…beneath her sweet old lady exterior hides an excellent perception of human nature and a razor sharp intuition for solving crimes – murderers underestimate her at their peril! For a woman who has spent her life in the small village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is surprisingly worldly. These beautifully shot films boast high production values and exceptional international casts – guest stars in this series include Zoe Wanamaker, Cherie Lunghi and Joanna Lumley.

Starring: Julia McKenzie (Cranford; Notes On A Scandal) and Geraldine McEwan (The Magdalene Sisters; Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit).

Miss Marple revisits the glamorous Bertram’s Hotel in the heart of London. She is surprised to find that nothing has changed since she stayed at the hotel as a young girl. She enjoys the traditional décor, the impeccable service – and an unmistakable atmosphere of danger behind the highly polished veneer.

While at the hotel she observes the intrigue amongst the various other guests, many of whom are gathered for the will reading of Sir Richard Blake, the multi millionaire who disappeared seven years previously. His daughter Elvira and her estranged mother are amongst those who have gathered and tensions grow as jewel thieves, art dealers and Nazi hunters are revealed to be among the guests. 

Miss Marple realises the truth behind Bertram’s hotel is darker than even she had imagined, when one of the maids is found murdered. Jane Cooper, another maid, helps Miss Marple catch the killer and in the process realises that she can be more than a maid in post-war Britain.

This final episode in the series stars Francesca Annis, Peter Davison and Martine McCutcheon.

SATURDAY 2nd May on PRIME