One of the most famous female detectives in the whole world is Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, known for her brilliant mind, witty remarks, and keen profiling. An old lady who is always where she needs to be when a murder or a crime of a sort is in question. There have been many TV movie adaptations of Christie’s novels and in this article, we will sort all Miss Marple movies in the right watch order.
How Many Miss Marple Movies Are There?
There are altogether twelve Miss Marple TV movies that are part of the Miss Marple TV mini-series, with the beloved Joan Hickson as Miss Marple. The first in the series, The Body in the Library was released in 1984, and the last, The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side in 1992. Three movies were released in 1985, one in 1986, four in 1987, and one in 1989 and 1991.
Miss Marple Movies in Order (at a glance)
- The Body in the Library (1984)
- The Moving Finger (1985)
- A Murder Is Announced (1985)
- A Pocketful of Rye (1985)
- The Murder at the Vicarage (1986)
- Sleeping Murder (1987)
- Nemesis (1987)
- At Bertram’s Hotel (1987)
- 4.50 from Paddington (1987)
- A Caribbean Mystery (1989)
- They Do It with Mirrors (1991)
- The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side (1992)
Are Miss Marple Movies Connected?
Miss Marple movies are not connected in the story but she is the main protagonist in each of them and some of the other protagonists and their stories might appear in some of the movies. It is not necessary to be acquainted with her personality and modus operandi but it is not a bad idea to start with The Body in the Library to be introduced to her character properly.
What Is the Best Way to Watch Miss Marple Movies?
Even though these movies don’t have to be watched in chronological order, it would still be better to start with the first from the series and then continue as you wish. Once you have met Miss Marple and her witty and unique character, you will enjoy each story and its case, nevertheless the order you watch the movies.
Miss Marple Movies in Chronological Order
1. The Body in the Library (1984)
Miss Marple investigates the case of a dead woman, a dancer whose body was found in a library. It was found in the local manor of Gossington Hall, home of Colonel and Mrs. Bantry who, allegedly, didn’t know the dancer.
2. The Moving Finger (1985)
The residents of the quiet and friendly village of Lymston are starting to receive unusual and vile anonymous letters. When a mother of three commits suicide after receiving a letter of a sort, Miss Marple begins to suspect that things are not even more complicated than they seem.
3. A Murder Is Announced (1985)
An interesting and pretty eerie murder announced is found in the Chipping Cleghorne Gazette which puzzles the people of this small town, including Miss Blacklock, Miss Bunner, Miss Blacklock’s two distant cousins, and Mrs. Haymes. The murder happens at the time announced and Miss Marple is the one to solve it. But she will have to deal with more murders to come.
4. A Pocketful of Rye (1985)
After the murder of a wealthy businessman and his young wife, their maid asks Miss Marple to come and help solve the mystery. But when their maid gets poisoned, too, Miss Marple takes it personally and is even more determined to find the murderer.
5. The Murder at the Vicarage (1986)
In this tv movie, Detective Inspector Slack reluctantly accepts Miss Marple’s help after the death of a despised civil magistrate. He was found shot to death in the local vicarage and numerous suspects and various false confessions forced Slack to find someone to help him.
6. Sleeping Murder (1987)
When Gwenda Reed comes back to England after living in New Zealand for many years, she begins experiencing strange feelings about the house she moved in, convinced she lived there before. Determined to figure out what’s behind these memories, she invites her aunt, Miss Marple to come and help her.
7. Nemesis (1987)
This is an extremely interesting case where Miss Marple doesn’t know anything about the crime she is supposed to solve. Invited by Mr. Jason Rafiel, an acquaintance she met a few years ago, the only information she gets is a booking on a tour of stately homes and gardens.
8. At Bertram’s Hotel (1987)
While staying at a luscious and elegant hotel from her childhood, Miss Marple will find herself in the middle of her new case that involves a murder, a disappearance, and a string of robberies that happened in the hotel.
9. 4.50 from Paddington (1987)
Miss Marple’s friend witnesses a woman being strangled on a train but when her body isn’t found and the police are reluctant to believe the story, Miss Marple hires a professional housekeeper, Lucy Eyelsbarrow, to help her solve the case.
10. A Caribbean Mystery (1989)
Miss Marple is on her vacation at a hotel in the West Indies but she can never get some rest. A retired British major is murdered and Miss Marple begins to suspect it was a murder and is certain that the next killing is very close.
11. They Do It With Mirrors (1991)
Miss Marple is visiting her friend Ruth van Rydock and her ill sister Carrie-Louise at her and her husband’s estate which is also a refuge for young offenders. But what had to be a nice quiet visit, turns out to be a murder investigation, after one of the youngsters living there is found dead next to his typewriter.
12. The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side (1992)
When a town’s troublemaker is poisoned at a reception of the home of the famous star Marina Gregg, Miss Marple has to deal with the fact that it might have been intended for Marina, even though she is not certain about that fact. She has to try and find the murderer before he or she strikes again.
Where to Watch Miss Marple Movies?
At the moment you can watch Miss Marple movies on Amazon Prime.
Will There Be More Miss Marple Movies?
There are rumors that there will be new Miss Marple movies, probably somewhere in 2023. Several actresses have played Miss Marple in various movie and TV series adaptations and Joan Hickson, the one from this series, died in 1998. It seems that Miss Marple won’t be portrayed as old as she used to be in the previous movies but as a younger detective who doesn’t appear so frail.