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Hercule

Jason Alexander as Hercule Poirot

Missmarble

Christie's Miss Marple spoofed as Miss Marble

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was a prolific English mystery writer well-known for her novels featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, as well as the play Witness for the Prosecution and such non-series novels as Ten Little Indians.

References

  • Two Sesame Street inserts have referenced Miss Marple. An animated insert featured Lady Marplebug, a bespectacled ladybug who is an expert in solving mysteries. The Muppet sketch "Fairytale Detective" stars Miss Marble, a gray-haired older woman who wears a Sherlock Holmes hat.

Connections

Many actors in Henson/Muppet productions have also appeared in Christie adaptations.

  • Richard Attenborough played Judge Cannon in Ten Little Indians (film, 1974)
  • Charles Aznavour played Michael Raven in Ten Little Indians (film, 1974)
  • Lauren Bacall playes Mrs. Hubbard in Murder on the Orient Express (film, 1974) and Lady Westholme in Appointment with Death (1988)
  • Honor Blackman played Rita Vandemeyer in The Secret Adversary (TV movie, 1982)
  • Pierce Brosnan played an actor in The Mirror Crack'd (film, 1980)
  • Geraldine Chaplin played Ella Zielinsky in The Mirror Crack'd (film, 1980)
  • Charles Collingwood played a BBC announcer in the Poirot episode "The Affair at the Victory Ball" (1991)
  • Graham Crowden played Colonel Kingston Bruce in
  • Sarah Crowden played Helen in The Seven Dials Mystery (TV movie, 1982) and a receptionist in the Poirot episode "The Affair at the Victory Ball" (1991)
  • Oliver Ford Davies played Dr. Sheppard in the Poirot episode "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" (2000) and Colonel Reece in the Marple episode "Sparkling Cyanide" (2004)
  • Reece Dinsdale played Albert in The Secret Adversary (1982, TV movie) and Partners in Crime (TV, 1983-1984)
  • Mia Farrow played Jacqueline De Bellefort in Death on the Nile (film, 1978)
  • Edward Fox played Inspector Craddock in The Mirror Crack'd (film, 1980)
  • John Gielgud played Beddoes in Murder on the Orient Express (film, 1974), Reverend Jones in Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (TV movie, 1982), the Marquis of Caterman in The Seven Dials Mystery (TV movie, 1982), and Colonel Carbury in Appointment with Death (film, 1988)
  • Elliott Gould played Rufus Van Aldin in Murder on the Blue Train (TV movie, 2005)
  • David Healy played Jason in Endless Night (film, 1971)
  • William Hootkins played Hamilton Betts in the Partners in Crime episode "The Affair of the Pearl Necklace" (1983)
  • Philip Jackson played Inspector James Japp in Poirot (TV, 1989-2002)
  • Derek Jacobi played Col. Protheroe in the Marple episode "Murder at the Vicarage" (TV movie, 2004)
  • Freddie Jones played Constable Reed in Murder is East (TV movie, 1982)
  • George Little played Mr. Dicker on Poirot (TV, 1989-1991)
  • Miriam Margolyes played Mrs. Price-Ridley in the Marple episode "Murder at the Vicarage" (2004)*Jean Marsh played Thyrza Grey in The Pale Horse (TV movie, 1997)
  • James Mason played Odell Gardener in Evil Under the Sun (film, 1982)
  • Frank Middlemass played Major Palgrave in the Miss Marple episode "A Caribbean Mystery" (1989)
  • Pauline Moran played Miss Felicity Lemon in Poirot (TV, 1989-2002)
  • Robert Morley played Hector Enderby in Murder at the Gallop (film, 1963) and Hastings in The Alphabet Murders (film, 1965)
  • Bill Nighy played Ronald Marsh in Thirteen at Dinner (TV movie, 1985)
  • Anthony Perkins played Hector MacQueen in Murder on the Orient Express (film, 1974)
  • Jonathan Pryce played Mr. Ellsworthy in Murder Is Easy (TV movie, 1982)
  • Tony Randall played Hercule Poirot in The Alphabet Murders (film, 1965) and Reverend Edward Chichester in The Man in the Brown Suit (TV movie, 1989)
  • Vanessa Redgrave played Mary Debenham in Murder on the Orient Express (film, 1974)
  • Diana Rigg played Arlene Stewart Marshall in Evil Under the Sun (film, 1982) and Christine Vole in Witness for the Prosecution (TV movie, 1982)
  • Joan Sanderson played Rachel Logan in the Partners in Crime episode "The House of Lurking Death" (1983)
  • Andy Serkis played Sergeant Corrigan in The Pale Horse (TV movie, 1997)
  • Elke Sommer played Vera in Ten Little Indians (film, 1974)
  • Elizabeth Spriggs played Mildred Peake in The Spider's Web (TV movie, 1982)
  • Jean Stapleton played Ariadne Oliver in Dead Man's Folly (TV movie, 1986)
  • Alison Steadman played Kirsten Lindstron in the Marple episode "Ordeal by Innocence" (2007)
  • Elizabeth Taylor played Marina Rudd in The Mirror Crack'd (film, 1980)
  • Peter Ustinov played Hercule Poirot in three theatrical features and three TV movies
  • Richard Vernon played Mr. Flewitt in Evil Under the Sun (film, 1982) and Brogan-Moore in Witness for the Prosecution (TV movie, 1982)
  • Jack Warden played Dr. Ludwig Bessner in Death on the Nile (film, 1978)
  • Zoe Wanamaker played Ariadne Oliver in the Poirot episodes "Cards on the Table" (2005) and "Mrs. McGinty's Dead" (2008)
  • David Warner played Luther Crackenthorpe in the Marple episode "The 4:50 from Paddington" (2004)
  • Orson Welles played the Voice in Ten Little Indians (film, 1974)
  • Thick Wilson played the mayor in The Mirror Crack'd (film, 1980)
  • Edward Woodward played Sir Eustace Pedler in The Man in the Brown Suit (TV movie, 1989)
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