Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
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Ordeal by Innocence 

Old wounds are reopened for the Argyle family when a man suddenly turns up after being abroad and claims that the black sheep of the family could not have murdered its tyrannical matriarch.


Moira Armstrong


Agatha Christie (novel), Stewart Harcourt (screenplay)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine McEwan ... Miss Marple
Juliet Stevenson ... Gwenda Vaughn
Denis Lawson ... Leo Argyle
Alison Steadman ... Kirsten Lindstrom
Richard Armitage ... Philip Durrant
Stephanie Leonidas ... Hester Argyle
Lisa Stansfield ... Mary Durrant
Burn Gorman ... Jacko Argyle
Jane Seymour ... Rachel Argyle
Tom Riley ... Bobby Argyle
Reece Shearsmith ... Inspector Huish
Julian Rhind-Tutt ... Dr Arthur Calgary (as Julian Rhind Tutt)
Bryan Dick ... Micky Argyle
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Tina Argyle (as Gugu Mbatha Raw)
Andrea Lowe ... Maureen


Miss Marple is invited to the wedding of a friend, but the gaieties are interrupted when a stranger arrives; he provides the missing evidence which proves that the black sheep of the family, Jacko, was wrongfully hanged for murder. This raises the question of who in the household did kill the cold-hearted mistress of the house two years previously. As usual, Miss Marple is needed to uncover the hatred, jealousy, lust etc. behind the family's facade and sort out the threads of the mystery. Written by Lone Andersen

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

19 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Marple - Az alibi See more »

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Did You Know?


This is not the first time Denis Lawson loses his bride-to-be to murder. It occurs again in episode 7.1, Death in Paradise: Murder from Above (2018), of Death in Paradise (2011). See more »


A modern-day motorhome can be seen in the background over Gwenda's shoulder as the camera pans round when she meets Miss Marple at her arrival. See more »


Version of Ordeal by Innocence (1984) See more »

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McEwan's Marple Mistakenly Malligned
4 March 2008 | by sarah_carolineSee all my reviews

I am sorry that some people cannot find the new artistic interpretations of the Miss Marple series refreshing. I have always enjoyed the novels of Agatha Christie as well as most of the movies/television productions based on her work. But I especially enjoy the new Miss Marple portrayed by Geraldine McEwan. I find them new and fresh and proof that these stories, though based in a bygone era, can be reinterpreted in a newer age and with a bit more color. I find Ms. McEwan's portrayal of the aging sleuth to be above reproach and I give her top marks. How boring life would be if we didn't have the freedom to re-interpret or re-invent. But I suppose those that oppose this new series also didn't appreciate "Kiss Me Kate" as it wasn't the original Shakespeare, or the miniseries "Pride and Prejudice" because new aspects to old stories had been added.

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