The BEST Episodes of Agatha Christie's Marple

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 8, 2020

Network: ITV

Miss Jane Marple is an elderly spinster living in the quiet little village of St. Mary Mead with a remarkable talent for solving crimes. Her sharp mind and shrewd intellect prove invaluable in unravelling a slew of murder mysteries, earning her the grudging respect of the police. The title role was played by Geraldine McEwan for the first three series, after which she was succeeded by Julia McKenzie.

The Secret of Chimneys

#1 - The Secret of Chimneys

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 20, 2010

Miss Marple finds herself spending the weekend at Chimneys, the stately home of Lord Caterham whose late wife was her cousin. The weekend has a diplomatic air to it as the Austrian Count Ludwig von Stainach is also there to negotiate a trade agreement with the British that will give the British access to iron ore. An important person goes missing, and Marple's search leads to a decades-old murder that might be connected to a mysterious diamond theft.

star 8.33
181 votes
Directors: John Strickland
Writers: Agatha Christie, Paul Rutman
By the Pricking of my Thumbs

#2 - By the Pricking of my Thumbs

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 19, 2006

When Tommy and Tuppence Beresford visit Tommy's elderly aunt at Sunny Ridge Nursing Home, Tuppence is told by another resident, Mrs. Lancaster, that the corpse of a child is hidden behind a fireplace. Tuppence realises there could be more to the old lady's words than she originally thought, especially when Tommy's aunt dies weeks later, and Mrs. Lancaster mysteriously disappears. With Tommy away on business, who better to help her than Miss Marple, who is visiting an old friend at the nursing home. With a cryptic painting on their hands, the two end up in the Norfolk village of Farrell St. Edmund to find the subject of their painting, a lone cottage in a wooded forest, while also trying to learn the closely-guarded secrets of the residents.

star 8.32
199 votes
Directors: Peter Medak
Writers: Agatha Christie, Stewart Harcourt
Towards Zero

#3 - Towards Zero

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 3, 2008

A wealthy woman holds a party at her Devon estate for family and friends, including old schoolmate Miss Marple. When a solicitor and the hostess herself are both murdered, Miss Marple tries to find a clever killer with a devious plan.

star 8.30
251 votes
Directors: David Grindley
Writers: Agatha Christie
The Blue Geranium

#4 - The Blue Geranium

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 29, 2010

While visiting her friend Dermot in Little Ambrose, Miss Marple is drawn into investigating the apparently drowning of a recent acquaintance. Within a few days, a second occupant suspiciously dies from fright.

star 8.28
119 votes
Directors: Dave Moore
Writers: Agatha Christie, Stewart Harcourt
Murder is Easy

#5 - Murder is Easy

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 12, 2009

A village is plagued by a spate of seemingly accidental deaths, but Miss Marple is convinced a more sinister hand is involved when a villager on her way to Scotland Yard is conveniently dispatched.

star 8.23
159 votes
Writers: Agatha Christie, Stephen Churchett
The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side

#6 - The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 2, 2011

Hollywood star Marina Gregg leaves Los Angeles for the picturesque countryside of St Mary Mead. Having taken up residence at Gossington Hall with her dashing young English husband, film director Jason Rudd, his secretary, Ella Blunt and Marina's exclusive personal assistant, Hailey Preston, it's not long before she becomes lady of the manor. But when a local fan, Heather Badcock consumes a poisoned daiquiri, Marina finds herself starring in a real-life mystery - supported by Miss Marple and Inspector Hewitt, who suspect that the lethal cocktail was intended for someone else.

star 8.17
115 votes
Directors: Tom Shankland
Writers: Agatha Christie, Kevin Elyot
4:50 From Paddington

#7 - 4:50 From Paddington

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 26, 2004

A friend of Miss Marple claims to have seen a murder committed on a passing train, but the police dismiss it, as no body has been found in the train or surrounding area, so the two women begin an investigation of their own.

star 8.12
230 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Agatha Christie, Stephen Churchett
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?

#8 - Why Didn't They Ask Evans?

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 26, 2009

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 (Julia McKenzie).

star 8.10
150 votes
Directors: Nicholas Renton
Writers: Agatha Christie, Patrick Barlow
A Caribbean Mystery

#9 - A Caribbean Mystery

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 16, 2013

While on a holiday in the West Indies, Jane Marple (Julia McKenzie) meets Major Palgrave, who tells her a story about a murderer who was never caught. The next morning, Palgrave is found dead in his room. As Miss Marple investigates, more people die.

star 8.09
128 votes
Directors: Charlie Palmer
Writers: Charlie Higson
The Sittaford Mystery

#10 - The Sittaford Mystery

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 30, 2006

Heavy snow is falling in Dartmoor and the shadowy guests in the local hotel decide to take part in a seance in order to amuse themselves. But the evening takes on a more sinister edge when the table-turning suggests that Clive Trevelyan, an eminent politician, is in danger. Meanwhile, at Sittaford House, Miss Marple discovers that poisoned Turkish Delight has been sent to Trevelyan. John Enderby, Trevelyan's loyal right hand man, is so concerned for his friend's safety that he wants to check on him. Unfortunately, Trevelyan is staying at the hotel - six miles away and, with snow drifts blocking the roads, someone will have to make the journey on foot...

star 8.06
185 votes
Directors: Paul Unwin
Writers: Agatha Christie, Stephen Churchett
At Bertram's Hotel

#11 - At Bertram's Hotel

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 2007

Miss Marple leaves St. Mary Mead for a trip to London's elite, Victorian, and "too good to be true" Bertram's Hotel, where she used to spend her holidays as a child. Soon after her arrival, a maid is found murdered on the roof and Miss Marple tries to uncover the truth with the help of another maid.

star 8.00
207 votes
Directors: Dan Zeff
Writers: Agatha Christie
Sleeping Murder

#12 - Sleeping Murder

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 5, 2005

Miss Marple helps Gwenda and Giles Reed to solve an old crime when they move into their new home and Gwenda thinks that she has witnessed a murder there years before.

star 7.96
207 votes
Directors: Ed Hall
Writers: Agatha Christie, Stephen Churchett
A Murder is Announced

#13 - A Murder is Announced

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 2, 2005

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are summoned by a newspaper notice to the house of Letitia Blacklock, anticipating a murder game. But things become too real when someone is shot dead.

star 7.96
191 votes
Directors: John Strickland
Writers: Agatha Christie, Stewart Harcourt
They Do It With Mirrors

#14 - They Do It With Mirrors

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 19, 2009

Carrie-Louise and her third husband Lewis Serrocold run a correctional facility for young men on their estate, Stonygates, where they also house a rag-tag of family and step-family. After a fire tears through Carrie Louise's office, her sister, Ruth Van Rydock, urges their old - and somewhat less glamorous - friend, Miss Marple (Julia McKenzie), to visit the blithely unsuspecting philanthropist.

star 7.95
152 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Agatha Christie, Paul Rutman
The Body in the Library

#15 - The Body in the Library

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 12, 2004

When a mysterious blonde is found in the Bantry's library at Gossington Hall, Dolly Bantry calls on the help of Miss Marple to investigate it and clear her husband's name. The blonde is soon discovered to have been in line to inherit a fortune, and the investigation takes a different turn.

star 7.91
254 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Agatha Christie, Kevin Elyot
Greenshaw's Folly

#16 - Greenshaw's Folly

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 23, 2013

Miss Marple is given the responsibility of hiding a young mother and son from danger, so she takes them to the sprawling Greenshaw's Folly, owned by an old friend and botanist who is the last surviving member of the Greenshaw family. But the spinster sleuth soon has second thoughts about her decision when bad things start happening. First the Folly's butler dies in an apparent accident. Then a guest staying there vanishes without a word. Everything culminates in the brutal murder of Miss Greenshaw herself, and Miss Marple is left with a myriad of secrets and suspects to sift through.

star 7.89
120 votes
Directors: Sarah Harding
Writers: Tim Whitnall
The Murder at the Vicarage

#17 - The Murder at the Vicarage

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 19, 2004

A series of scandals in the village of St. Mary Mead seem to all revolve around Colonel Protheroe, and he is then found shot through the head at the vicarage. A young painter, Lawrence Redding, confesses to the crime, but then his lover also confesses. It is up to Miss Marple to unravel the mystery, and there is no shortage of people with a motive.

star 7.88
229 votes
Directors: Charles Palmer
Writers: Agatha Christie, Stephen Churchett
The Pale Horse

#18 - The Pale Horse

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 30, 2010

Miss Marple’s old friend Father Gorman is brutally murdered after visiting the dying Mrs Davis. When Miss Marple receives a mysterious list of names through the post, sent by Gorman moments before his death, she heads to London to investigate. Detective Inspector Lejeune and Police Surgeon Edward Kerrigan puzzle over the killing. But when Lejeune dismisses Marple’s list she is determined to find justice for her friend.

star 7.84
160 votes
Directors: Andy Hay
Writers: Russell Lewis
A Pocket Full of Rye

#19 - A Pocket Full of Rye

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 6, 2009

When a business magnate is killed, Miss Marple realises the circumstances of his death recall a nursery rhyme - but what does it mean?

star 7.80
136 votes
Directors: Charles Palmer
Writers: Agatha Christie, Ben Newman
The Moving Finger

#20 - The Moving Finger

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 12, 2006

Poison pen letters are spread around a village, and result in suicides, but Miss Marple isn't convinced the writer has only contributed to their deaths by the letters.

star 7.74
222 votes
Directors: Tom Shankland
Writers: Agatha Christie
Nemesis

#21 - Nemesis

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 1, 2009

Jason Rafiel, an old friend of Miss Marple's, dies and leaves her an unusual legacy, to grant his final wish: she has to uncover a possible murder that may or may not have happened already. All she gets are two tickets to a Mystery Bus Tour and the advice to invite someone trustworthy to the bus trip, the only thing she knows about the crime being the single word 'nemesis'.

star 7.58
182 votes
Writers: Agatha Christie, Stephen Churchett
Endless Night

#22 - Endless Night

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 29, 2013

While consoling her recently widowed friend Marjorie, Miss Marple crosses paths with the handsome Mike Rogers, a young worker with a penchant for daydreaming about his future, more specifically about the perfect house he would live

star 7.56
133 votes
Directors: David Moore
Writers: Kevin Elyot
Ordeal by Innocence

#23 - Ordeal by Innocence

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 30, 2007

Old wounds are reopened for the Argyle family when a man suddenly turns up after being abroad and claims that the black sheep of the family could not have murdered its tyrannical matriarch.

star 7.55
190 votes
Directors: Moira Armstrong
Writers: Agatha Christie