Colonel Lucius Protheroe is probably the least-liked individual in St Mary Mead. All resent his superior and demanding attitude. So, when he is found dead in the vicarage study, there is no end of suspects. His wife Ann was having an affair with a local artist, Lawrence Redding. His daughter Lettice bridled under his strict rule. There is also the vicar and his assistant, whom Protheroe suspected of stealing church funds. Finally, there is the mysterious Mrs. Lester with whom he clearly had some previous connection. Jane Marple, recuperating at home from a sprained ankle, had a bird’s eye view of all the comings and goings at the vicarage around the time of the murder and she gladly assists Inspector Slack in solving the crime.
What a Sheer Delight To Watch Dame Geraldine McEwan
She should have accepted one of England highest honors bestowed upon a woman, Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2002. She declined to accept maybe just for the same reasons that she declined an O.B.E.(Officer of the British Empire) in 1986. She is very well deserved of any honor. I am going to call her Dame Geraldine anyway because she is truly a great Dame of the British theater, television, and film. I remember watching her performance on Mulberry, a British comedy. Here she is perfectly cast of Jane Marple. She is a Marple for the twenty-first century like Joan Hickson O.B.E. was in the eighties and Dame Margaret Rutherford was in the sixties. Everybody’s favorite sleuth is back. I think Dame Agatha Christie would be thrilled to have such a talent like Geraldine McEwan to play this role. The filming is exquisite. The setting is an English country village. The cast is also filled with some of Britain’s finest theatrical actors like Sir Derek Jacobi known as the Lord Lawrence Olivier of our time, Janet McTeer, Miriam Margolyes O.B.E., Jane Asher and others. The costumes are perfectly set to fit in picturesque English village. I loved the countryside in this adaptation. It makes it so inviting for us all to enjoy. The Murder at the Vicarage is entertaining from beginning to end but so much more with Geraldine McEwan as Jane Marple.