In Thespian Praise of: Joan Hickson
In my view the best Miss Marple, and that is in spite of enjoying the recent revival on ITV with Geraldine McEwan in the title role.
Usually typecast as stern or slightly senile women, Hickson received a note from Agatha Christie in the 1940s, after seeing her performing in a production of one of her stories, saying that she hoped that one day she would play Miss Marple. This happened some forty years later with a series of BBC Adaptations.
Hickson managed to combine Marple's razor sharp mind, stern W.I. image, mixed with a degree of vagueness that would make people think she was a harmless old lady in a way that few actresses have managed. She also was renowned for her minor role in John Cleese's Clockwise.