What character from fiction has been portrayed on television by Joan Hickson, Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie?
I think this is a fairly simple and straightforward question yet I don’t feel I can give too many clues without giving the answer away. Suffice it to say the actresses above have all played the same character in different series (albeit two in the same series). The character is well known and was created by one of 20th century’s most famous authors. The series all ran on PBS. So who is it? In what role would you have seen Hickson, McEwan and McKenzie?
The answer is Jane Marple aka Miss Marple. The elderly spinster, who lives in the village of St. Mary Mead and acts as an amateur consulting detective, first appeared in a 1927 short story by Christie in “The Royal Magazine.” She went on to appear in twelve crime novels and an additional 19 short stories. From 1984 to 1992, the BBC adapted the Miss Marple novels and they aired in the US as part of MYSTERY! London’s ITV presented AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MISS MARPLE starting in 2004 featuring Geraldine McEwan in the title role for the first three seasons. Julia McKenzie took over in series four. These, too, aired on MYSTERY (now MASTERPIECE MYSTERY).
Any Anglophile worth his or her salt is already champing at the bit over the upcoming Royal Wedding on May 19. When Prince Harry and Megan Markle tie the knot their nuptials will be broadcast around the world and PBS is inviting you to tune in.
Starting Monday, May 14, check out ROYAL WEDDING WATCH, a five-part series of special programming designed to bring you up to speed on the high profile nuptials. Then, on Saturday, May 19, the big event will be broadcast live from St. George’s Chapel at Windsor.
So if your invitation gets lost in the mail, ROYAL WEDDING WATCH airs weeknights at 10 (10:30 on Friday the 18th) on the Explorer Channel the week of May 14. The ROYAL WEDDING airs live May 19 on the Explorer Channel.
“It is a haunted game in which every player is measured against the ghosts of all who have gone before. Most of all, it is about time and timelessness, speed and grace, failure and loss, imperishable hope, and coming home.” – Narrator (John Chancellor), Ken Burns’ Baseball (“Our Game”)
Today, UNC-TV is celebrating Mister Rogers Day! The festivities cap off this evening with the PBS documentary MISTER ROGERS: IT’S YOU I LIKE at 8pm but all day long I’ll be posting some Neighborhood tidbits and Fred Rogers tributes. Join us, won’t you, by putting on your best cardigan and sneakers in honor of a very special life and all of those Rogers reached on the screen and behind the scenes.