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5 Shows like Agatha Christie’s Marple: Classics of the Detective Genre
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5 Shows like Agatha Christie’s Marple: Classics of the Detective Genre

samar2Like Hercule Poirot, the other sleuth in Agatha Christie’s mystery novels, Miss Jane Marple, often stumbles upon murder cases that she naturally has the wits to solve. The only problem is convincing the police that this unassuming elderly woman is right. This article will include some TV shows like ‘Agatha Christie’s Marple’ that feature classic detective stories. ~ Samar N

Shows Similar to ‘Agatha Christie’s Marple’

This article recommends an underrated title, a must-see title, an unknown title, an ‘if you like, you will like’ title and an unexpected title so you have different options when it comes to choosing your next movie to watch.

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UNDERRATED

‘Sherlock Holmes’ (ITV, 1984 – 1994)

Considered the definitive Sherlock Holmes serial, this show stars Holmes specialist Jeremy Brett as the famous detective. The show adapted 42 of the 60 stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Some of the episodes were a combination of stories, but they generally stayed true to the literary original.

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The definitive Sherlock Holmes serial.

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MUST-SEE

‘Masterpiece Mystery’ (PBS, 1980 – 2006)

The familiar voice of horror star Vincent Price introduces this spinoff of ‘Masterpiece Theatre’, originally aired as a weekly public programme presenting British-produced literary mysteries to American audiences. Many mystery novels were adapted, but Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot were the most commonly featured detectives.

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Sophisticated British Literary adaptations for an American audience.

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UNKNOWN

‘Les petits meurtres d’Agatha Christie’ (France 2, 2009 –)

A French adaptation that transposes the British mystery novels to 1930’s Nord-Pas-de-Calais. This series similar to ‘Agatha Christie’s Marple’ centres around superintendent Larosière, a man whose flair for detective work is matched only by his lust for beautiful women.

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A French take on the British mystery series.

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UNEXPECTED

‘Murder, She Wrote’ (CBS, 1984 – 1996)

Angela Lansbury plays a former high school English teacher and mystery writer Jessica Fletcher. Her maternal instincts are strong, as are her wits for solving murders. Whether in her hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine, where sheriffs Tupper and Metzger help her out, or in her travels to New York City to visit her publisher, murder is never far away from Jessica Fletcher. She is a darling elderly sleuth similar to Miss Marple who always writes at night in bed.

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Jessica Fletcher is an adorable sleuth, always stumbling upon murder cases.

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If You Like ‘Agatha Christie’s Marple’, You Will Like

‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot’ (ITV, 1989 – 2003)

Perhaps more famous than Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot is a former Belgian policeman who now works as a private eye in London. Assisted by his sidekick Captain Hastings, Poirot is a curious fellow with disarming tactics that almost unwittingly solve even the most complicated of cases.

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Hercule Poirot is the most polished and conniving Agatha Christie sleuth.

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What Would You Add?

Jessica Fletcher, Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes are among my favourite sleuths like Miss Marple. Can you recommend any more TV series like ‘Agatha Christie’s Marple’?

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