Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 3, Episode 1

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (16 Sep. 1990)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" The Mysterious Affair at Styles (original title)

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Hastings renews his friendship with Poirot and involves him in the mysterious poisoning of the mistress of a manor house married to a man twenty years her junior.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Cavendish
Gillian Barge ...
Mrs. Inglethorp
Michael Cronin ...
Alfred Inglethorp
Joanna McCallum ...
Evie Howard
Lawrence Cavendish
Allie Byrne ...
Cynthia Murdoch
Lala Lloyd ...
Michael Godley ...
Dr. Wilkins
Morris Perry ...
Mr. Wells
Penelope Beaumont ...
Mrs. Raikes
David Savile ...


Recovering from the horrors of World War I, British Army officer Arthur Hastings hopes to find peace and quiet at a country manor in the English countryside. But when the matriarch dies during the night from strychnine poisoning, Hastings enlists the help of an old friend staying nearby with other war refugees to help solve the murder: former Belgian police detective Hercule Poirot. Written by Mark Limvere-Robinson

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'The Mysterious Affair at Styles' was Agatha Christie's first novel, published in 1920, and also her first to feature the character of Hercule Poirot. See more »


Although the story is set in 1917, Hastings wears the pre-1915 style army uniform. It is possible that he is wearing old stock, but if he received new issue in the hospital, it would be the updated uniform. The difference is the older style had rank markings on the sleeve rather than on the shoulder in the new style. See more »


[Hastings has accepted an invitation to spend his medical leave at his friend John Cavendish's ancestral home]
John Cavendish: I'm afraid you'll find it very quiet down here, Hastings.
Lieutenant Hastings: My dear fellow, after the joys of France, that's just what I want.
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A gem!
25 December 2005 | by (Long Beach CA) – See all my reviews

David Suchet is the quintessential Hercules Poirot, and it was a joy to see his portrayal of the famed detective's first case. After a slow start, the "funny little man" makes his first appearance on the screen. Of course, the character as portrayed by Suchet was still being developed, so there are a few minor differences, but nothing that would be annoying.

As was mentioned before, the period sets, clothing and props were delightful. The mannerisms of the upper crust are always fun to watch in Poirot, as they seem completely oblivious to the real world.

I highly recommend this program to fans of the series.

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