“Miss Marple: Volume One” marks the high definition debut of the detective

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BBC Home Entertainment has just announced plans to bring Miss Marple: Volume One to Blu-Ray Disc this fall in celebration of the classic television series’ 30th anniversary.

Regarded by many fans as the definitive Miss Marple, Joan Hickson was one of the oldest actresses to take a lead role in a major television series when she was cast as Agatha Christie’s soft-spoken, sharp-eared sleuth at the age of 78 in 1984. She retired eight years later, having completed 12 mysteries in the Miss Marple series – four of which are collected in this volume.

When the hated Colonel Protheroe is found murdered in the sleepy village of St. Mary Mead, Miss Marple wonders why so many people want to confess in “The Murder at the Vicarage.”

A strange young blonde is found strangled at Gossington Hall, the home of Colonel and Dolly Bantry, in “The Body in the Library” – but luckily Miss Marple is their neighbor.

In “The Moving Finger,” a nasty case of poison-pen letters bring Miss Marple to East Anglia.

And finally, in “A Murder is Announced,” everyone in Chipping Cleghorn is intrigued by the advertisement predicting a murder at Little Paddocks – but when the lights go out at the appointed hour, no one thinks it’s a joke anymore.

These four stories were shot entirely on location and feature appearances by A-List British actors including  BAFTA Winner Cheryl Campbell, Samantha Bond and Ralph Michael.

As a bonus feature, the release will also include “A Very British Murder, Part 1,” the first episode of a three-part series documenting the British national obsession with murder mysteries.

“Miss Marple: Volume One” will arrive in stores on October 28 and can be yours for $44.98 as a 2-disc Blu-Ray set and $39.98 as a 3-disc DVD set.

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