Friday 13th September 2024, 7:00pm

Joan Hickson's Miss Marple

The Definitive Expert on Wickedness?

In this entertaining illustrated talk, 'Agathologist' Dr Mark Aldridge discusses the search for a definitive portrayal of Miss Marple on screen. Drawing on new research undertaken for his book Agatha Christie's Marple: Expert on Wickedness, he will offer new insights into several Miss Marple productions, including the BBC series starring Joan Hickson. The talk is followed by a short break after which attendees can stay to watch The Murder at the Vicarage (BBC, 1986), starring Joan Hickson.


Getting to the venue

The Spanish Barn is in the grounds of Torre Abbey. This is on Torquay seafront and walkable from most hotels in the area. It is also right next to Torquay Train Station. The nearest car park is Torre Valley - Torbay Council


There is a drop-off point and limited parking within the grounds for disabled visitors. Entry to the Spanish Barn is relatively level, but there are a few cobble stones to cross, before entering the completely flat interior. We have space for wheelchairs, although if you let us know in advance, we can ensure that there is ample dedicated space for the number of wheelchair users. We have also raised the height of the main stage this year, so that guest speakers can easily be seen. We also have two TV screens midway down the barn screening what is happening on the stage. We also have a disabled toilet available to the rear of the Spanish Barn.

If you have any particular access requirements or enquiries, do please get in touch and we will do whatever we feasibly can to accommodate you. Please email