Marple (2004–2013)
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Endless Night 

Miss Marple investigates the downfall of an optimistic young couple who ignored the warnings of a gypsy and built a dream home on allegedly cursed land.

Director:

David Moore

Writers:

Kevin Elyot (screenplay), Agatha Christie (novel)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julia McKenzie ... Miss Marple
Tom Hughes ... Mike Rogers
Aneurin Barnard ... Robbie Hayman
Adam Wadsworth ... Pete Hayman
Joanna Vanderham ... Ellie
Wendy Craig ... Marjorie Phillpot
Janet Henfrey ... Mrs. Lee
Tamzin Outhwaite ... Mrs. Rogers
William Hope ... Lippincott
Glynis Barber ... Cora Van Stuyvesant
Michael McKell ... Frank Stanford
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen ... Greta Anderson
Hugh Dennis ... Dr. Shaw
Rosalind Halstead ... Claudia Hardcastle
Celyn Jones ... Sergeant Keene
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Storyline

While consoling her recently widowed friend Marjorie, Miss Marple crosses paths with the handsome Mike Rogers, a young worker with a penchant for daydreaming about his future, more specifically about the perfect house he would live in, built on the eerily beautiful Gypsy's Acre. When Mike meets and marries the ethereal American heiress Ellie Goodman, his luck changes, and with the help of his old friend and rising architect Robbie Hayman, Mike's dream house is finally built, despite the repeated warnings from Esther Lee, a local gypsy, that Gypsy's Acre is cursed ground. Miss Marple, however, senses that danger really is near at hand, especially when frightening incidents plague Mike and Ellie, culminating in an injury that leads to the arrival of Ellie's mysterious Swedish friend, Greta. But when Ellie herself meets a tragic end, Miss Marple and Mike are faced with a chilling reality: that, perhaps, supernatural nightmares truly can exist, and that - as William Blake once wrote - ... Written by shanty_sleuth

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marple: Endless Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Sidmouth, Devon, England, UK See more »

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Trivia

The fortune the Gipsy tells, which includes the episode title "Endless Night," is actually just a section of the William Blake poem "Auguries of Innocence." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pete Hayman: Mike, it's rubbish! Come look at this!
Pete Hayman: Hey, Mike.
Mike Rogers: What?
Pete Hayman: I'll race you.
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Crazy Credits

Watch the credits and you'll see some seemingly random red letters appear in the names of the crew. These letters spell out "Auguries of Innocence," a poem written by William Blake. Lines of this poem are spoken by Mrs. Lee and Miss Marple: "Every Night & every Morn Some to Misery are Born Every Morn and every Night Some are Born to sweet delight Some are Born to sweet delight Some are Born to Endless Night " See more »

Connections

Version of Endless Night (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Half As Much
Written by Curly Williams
(uncredited)
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What a terrible way to end the series
30 December 2013 | by FinerFilmFanaticSee all my reviews

Endless Night IS an Agatha Christie story. Endless Night is NOT a Miss Marple story. So who on earth thought it would be a good idea to combine the two? The ITV series of Miss Marple has successfully shoehorned her into other non-Marple stories but this is a dismal failure.

Miss Marple is staying with a friend who has recently become widowed - this is the premise for getting Marple into the story. However, why on earth she turns up in Italy is never explained, nor why she is out and about at all times of day or night, except for the fact that they have to get Marple into the story somehow.

And this is one of the main failings of the programme - Miss Marple is hardly in it. She pops up from time to time for a minute or two, but then she's gone. There is absolutely no reason for Miss Marple to be in this story, and it feels like it. You are honestly left wondering why she's there. Surely months pass between her first appearance and the conclusion, and I honestly kept thinking, "Why is she still there?!" Another reason for this episode's failure is the voice-over from the character Michael Rogers. It just doesn't fit in with the style of a Marple story.

The final reason for this being an underwhelming episode is that simply not a lot happens. In this 2-hour (with adverts) film, the first 50 minutes is back story, and the murder doesn't happen until about 70 minutes. Those 70 minutes are dull (albeit with pretty actors), and the subsequent 50 minutes are not much better.

If the rumours are true that this is the last ever episode of Marple, it's a terrible way to end the series. There are still some Marple short stories yet to be filmed, so it would definitely be a wasted opportunity if real Marple stories were abandoned in favour of this rot.


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