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Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple, Series IV: Murder Is Easy

Airs Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Benedict Cumberbatch as Luke Fitzwilliam and Julia McKenzie as Miss Marple.

A new face takes on the role of Agatha Christie's familiar spinster sleuth in series IV of "Miss Marple." Julia McKenzie, best known to MASTERPIECE audiences for her portrayal of Mrs. Forrester in the acclaimed series "Cranford," brings her distinctive style to the role.

"I think Julia is a very different character than the other actresses who played Miss Marple recently, and more different than people who played her a long time ago," says Christie's grandson Mathew Prichard. "...I think audiences will love her."

A killer cast joins in to celebrate McKenzie's inaugural season, including Matthew Macfadyen ("Little Dorrit"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Last Enemy"), Rupert Graves ("The Forsyte Saga"), Russell Tovey ("Little Dorrit") and Joan Collins.

"Murder Is Easy" - Miss Marple coincidentally meets a woman on the train who confides that she is on her way to Scotland Yard to report two murders. "Murder is easy," the woman says conspiratorially. "As long as no one thinks it is murder."

When Pinkerton herself is found dead, Miss Marple travels to the quaint village of Wychwood to pick up the trail. The village is populated with any number of suspects — a beautiful, young American on some sort of mission, a successful politician and an ambitious lawyer. But even with the help of retired policeman Luke Fitzwilliam (Benedict Cumberbatch) will Miss Marple be able to unlock the secrets of this sleepy village?

This episode originally aired in 2009.

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Preview: Miss Marple, Series IV: Murder Is Easy

Above: During a chance encounter with a fellow passenger on a train, Miss Marple hears about a string of murders in a peaceful village town. When she learns that the passenger is involved in a tragic accident before making her report to the police, Miss Marple decides to investigate further to track down the killer, unearthing secrets about the village and its inhabitants.

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Trailer: Miss Marple: Series IV

Above: A new face takes on the role of Agatha Christie's familiar spinster sleuth in series IV of "Miss Marple." Julia McKenzie, best known to MASTERPIECE audiences for her portrayal of Mrs. Forrester in the acclaimed series "Cranford," brings her distinctive style to the role.

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