The BEST Episodes of Miss Marple

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 24, 2020

Network: BBC Two

Miss Marple, the spinster detective who is one of the most famous characters created by English crime writer Agatha Christie, is portrayed by Joan Hickson who starred in a dozen television mysteries about Miss Marple over the course of a decade. Between 1984 and 1992 the British Broadcasting Corporation in association with Australia's Seven Network and America's Arts and Entertainments Network, produced an irregular series of twelve Miss Marple mysteries. The elderly, deceptively delicate Joan Hickson starred in each of these as the amateur detective from the bucolic village of St. Mary Mead.

At Bertram's Hotel: Part One

#1 - At Bertram's Hotel: Part One

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 25, 1987

False identities, larceny, and a crime ring are only the tip of the tenticle when Miss Marple stays in a posh London hotel (modelled after Brown's Hotel) where nothing is what it seems. Murder naturally follows, leading to a thrilling chase after the vibrant Lady Sedgewick.

star 8.98
55 votes
Directors: Mary McMurray
Writers: Jill Hyem (screenplay)
Nemesis: Part One

#2 - Nemesis: Part One

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 8, 1987

Miss Marple is sent on a mission from beyond the grave to clear a dead man's son. Vowing to find out the truth,she links him to a dead girl, Verity Hunt, and a family of weird sisters. She discovers love, as well as hate, can be a reason for murder.

star 8.98
55 votes
Directors: David Tucker
Writers: T.R. Bowen (dramatisation)
The Body In The Library: Part One

#3 - The Body In The Library: Part One

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 26, 1984

Colonel Arthur and Dolly Bantry wake up to the news that a body has been found in their library. She is soon identified as Ruby Keene, a dancer at the Majestic in Danemouth, a seaside resort. Dolly takes her friend, Jane Marple, to the Majestic and together they work to solve the mystery.

star 8.50
54 votes
Writers: T.R. Bowen
The Body In The Library: Part Three

#4 - The Body In The Library: Part Three

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 28, 1984

Concluding part of an adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel. Miss Marple is convinced that the death of schoolgirl Pamela Reeve holds the key to the mystery of the double murder.

star 8.50
54 votes
Writers: T.R. Bowen
The Body In The Library: Part Two

#5 - The Body In The Library: Part Two

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 27, 1984

While the investigation centres on the Jefferson family and their entourage, Miss Marple's hunch about a second killing proves all too tragically justified.

star 8.00
54 votes
Writers: T.R. Bowen
The Moving Finger: Part One

#6 - The Moving Finger: Part One

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 21, 1985

Poison pen letters are being sent to everyone in town. It seems like a vulgar joke until a letter is found next to a suicide victim. Then another body is found, and another...

star 8.00
54 votes
Directors: Roy Boulting
Writers: Julia Marian Jones
Sleeping Murder: Part One

#7 - Sleeping Murder: Part One

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 11, 1987

A young wife believes her house is haunted. She comes to realize she witnessed the murder of her stepmother there 20 years ago as a child. To help the newlyweds, Miss Marple risks her life solving the crime, stirring a sleeping murderer in the process.

star 8.00
28 votes
Directors: John Davies
Writers: Ken Taylor (screenplay)
The Moving Finger: Part Two

#8 - The Moving Finger: Part Two

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 22, 1985

Miss Marple's instinct - that one murder will always follow another - proves to be true when more bodies are found in the sleepy town.

star 8.00
27 votes
Directors: Roy Boulting
Writers: Julia Marian Jones
A Murder is Announced: Part One

#9 - A Murder is Announced: Part One

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 28, 1985

A party game goes wrong and a young Swiss man is dead. Friends and neighbors start to turn on each other, and Inspector Craddock is stumped. Fortunately, Miss Marple is in town visiting her niece and helps solve the crime.

star 8.00
28 votes
Directors: David Giles
Writers: Alan Plater (screenplay)
A Murder is Announced: Part Two

#10 - A Murder is Announced: Part Two

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 1, 1985

Inspector Craddock is stumped, but Miss Marple has her instincts to turn to, as she delves further into the victim's past.

star 8.00
28 votes
Directors: David Giles
Writers: Alan Plater (screenplay)
A Murder is Announced: Part Three

#11 - A Murder is Announced: Part Three

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 2, 1985

Inspector Craddock is alarmed to find that Miss Marple has gone missing - has she become another victim of the murderer?

star 8.00
28 votes
Directors: David Giles
Writers: Alan Plater (screenplay)
A Pocketful of Rye: Part One

#12 - A Pocketful of Rye: Part One

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 7, 1985

When the members of a wealthy banking family start dropping like flies, Miss Marple is reminded of the old nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence and vows to find the villainous "blackbird" behind the crimes.

star 8.00
27 votes
Directors: Guy Slater
Writers: T.R. Bowen (screenplay)
A Pocketful of Rye: Part Two

#13 - A Pocketful of Rye: Part Two

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 8, 1985

Following another murder, Miss Marple is certain that she knows who the next victim will be. Can she get to them in time?

star 8.00
27 votes
Directors: Guy Slater
Writers: T.R. Bowen (screenplay)
Nemesis: Part Two

#14 - Nemesis: Part Two

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 8, 1987

Miss Marple resolves to clear her friend's son's name, and in turn finds that love can inspire murder as much as hate.

star 8.00
28 votes
Directors: David Tucker
Writers: T.R. Bowen (dramatisation)
At Bertram's Hotel: Part Two

#15 - At Bertram's Hotel: Part Two

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 25, 1987

Miss Marple concludes her stay at Bertram's Hotel by solving the complex case.

star 8.00
28 votes
Directors: Mary McMurray
Writers: Jill Hyem (screenplay)
Sleeping Murder: Part Two

#16 - Sleeping Murder: Part Two

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 11, 1987

Gwenda and Miss Marple are closer to understanding the mystery of a seemingly perfect crime from many years previously.

star 8.00
28 votes
Directors: John Davies
Writers: Ken Taylor (screenplay)