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"Agatha Christie's Poirot" The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1990)

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Original Air Date:
16 September 1990 (Season 3, Episode 1)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Enjoyable but not as entertaining or engaging as the previous 2 seasons See more (12 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot

Hugh Fraser ... Lieutenant Hastings

Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp

Beatie Edney ... Mary Cavendish

David Rintoul ... John Cavendish
Gillian Barge ... Mrs. Inglethorp
Michael Cronin ... Alfred Inglethorp
Joanna McCallum ... Evie Howard

Anthony Calf ... Lawrence Cavendish
Allie Byrne ... Cynthia Murdoch
Lala Lloyd ... Dorcas
Michael Godley ... Dr. Wilkins
Morris Perry ... Mr. Wells
Penelope Beaumont ... Mrs. Raikes
David Savile ... Summerhaye
Tim Munro ... Edwin Mace
Tim Preece ... Philips, K.C.
Merelina Kendall ... Mrs. Dainty
Bryan Coleman ... Vicar (as Brian Coleman)
Eric Stovell ... Chemist
Donald Pelmear ... Judge
Caroline Swift ... Nurse
Ken Robertson ... Army Officer
Michael Roberts ... Tindermans
Gordon Dulieu ... Clerk of the Court
Jeffrey Robert ... Foreman of the Jury
Robert Vowles ... Hire Car Driver
David Michaels ... Soldier

Episode Crew
Directed by
Ross Devenish 
Writing credits
Agatha Christie (by)

Clive Exton (dramatized by)

Agatha Christie  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Brian Eastman .... producer
Nick Elliott .... executive producer (as Nick Elliot)
Original Music by
Christopher Gunning 
Cinematography by
Vernon Layton (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Derek Bain 
Casting by
Rebecca Howard 
Production Design by
Rob Harris 
Art Direction by
Peter Wenham 
Set Decoration by
Carlotta Barrow 
Costume Design by
Linda Mattock 
Makeup Department
Kate Bower .... makeup artist
Patricia Kirkman .... makeup artist
Roseann Samuel .... makeup supervisor
Christine Vinter .... makeup artist
Production Management
Kieron Phipps .... production manager
Donald Toms .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Goodman .... second assistant director
Simon Hinkly .... first assistant director
Gilly Raddings .... third assistant director
Art Department
Ludmilla Barras .... production buyer
Paul Coletti .... construction
Steve Cookson .... stand-by props
Roy Dawson .... dressing props
Jim Guest .... dressing props
John Hitchens .... stand-by
George Holding .... stand-by
Tony Lenman .... construction
Mickey Lennon .... property master (as Micky Lennon)
Micky O'Toole .... dressing props
Caspian Owen .... buyer's clerk
Peter Paull .... stand-by
Les Peach .... construction manager
Rick Pozzilli .... dressing props (as Ricky Pozzilli)
Paul Stamp .... construction
Nick Walker .... storeman
Keith Warwick .... stand-by props
Stuart Wilson .... stand-by
Steve Woolhead .... construction
Sound Department
Colin Codner .... sound assistant
Peter Leonard .... effects editor
Mike Murr .... dialogue editor
Rupert Scrivener .... dubbing mixer
Martin Trevis .... boom operator
Ken Weston .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Alcorn .... camera operator (as Steven Alcorn)
Roy Branch .... electrician
Ray Cooper .... clapper/loader
John Etherington .... grip
Hugh Fairs .... focus puller
Micky Frow .... electrician
Peter Harris .... electrician
John Humphrey .... gaffer
Terry Maskell .... best boy
Casting Department
Kate Day .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jason Alper .... wardrobe
Marion Dring .... wardrobe
John Scott .... wardrobe
Vernon White .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Gordon Greenaway .... second assistant editor
Andrew McClelland .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Paul Golding .... assistant music scoring engineer
Mark Tucker .... assistant music scoring engineer (uncredited)
Other crew
John Beharrell .... production accountant
Marlene Butland .... production assistant
Penelope Forrester .... assistant accountant
Nigel Gostelow .... location manager
Monica Rogers .... production coordinator
Scott Rowlatt .... assistant location manager
Sheila Wilson .... script supervisor

Series Crew
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Sound Department
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Other crew
Mark Albela .... location manager
Daren Thomas .... location runner
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Additional Details

103 min | UK:100 min (14 episodes)
Black and White (archive footage) | Color
Australia:M | UK:PG (video rating) (1991) (1999) (2005)

Did You Know?

'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 »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Mrs. Emily Inglethorp:I've told you before.
John Cavendish:It's none of your business.
Mrs. Emily Inglethorp:It is my business. Not content with carrying on this sordid affair with this woman, I now find you squandering large sums of money on her.
John Cavendish:It's not a large sum of money. It's a loan, anyway.
Mrs. Emily Inglethorp:No! No! My mind is made up and you need not think that any fear of scandal between husband and wife will deter me.
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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable but not as entertaining or engaging as the previous 2 seasons, 7 March 2014
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Although IMDb lists this feature length outing as the first episode of the third season, it is actually a stand-alone episode which was made to mark 100 years since the birth of Christie. I know this because early doors I did have to do some Googling to understand the context because the film is the very first book where Poirot makes an appearance and as it fit into the flow of the season. The plot sees Hastings having only previously met Poirot once but by chance reunited with him as the little Belgian and others have temporarily been granted entry into the UK to escape the war. Whenever the residence where Hastings is staying experiences a death, he suggests they involve Poirot to help with the investigation.

The change in time appears to have had other impacts too because this special is not quite as good as the previous two seasons had been. The change in dynamic and relationship is an impact but it is not particularly negative in the grand scheme of things but it does jar a little when watching in the context of the previous episodes; Hastings is a darker character in the wake of the war and Poirot's relationship with him is perhaps too superficial (as one would expect) so the humor between them is not as evident. The plot is engaging but not all of it makes sense and as part of filling out two hours, there is a lot more in the way of red herrings than normal which by definition means that the mystery becomes less accessible and less straightforward. These factors are small things though because, although clearly different from the episodes before, the film still works very well and delivers in the ways it normally does – even if that is not quite as well as we are used to.

The cast remain very good although understandably there is some restrictions on their characters as we "get the gang together" as it were. Suchet is as good as ever even in a younger appearance; I liked that he retained the character but made it work a few steps earlier in the line – for example his fussy, irritable streak is more gently shown with an attention to detail. Fraser has less of a comedic role, which is a shame as he is very good at that, but he does make for more of a rounded character. Jackson is solid in support as usual but is less used. The supporting cast are generally pretty good although in a way I went for them less because to me they were part of the "fuller" film feel and thus worked a little against the fresher, more accessible plots than I had enjoyed of late.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is still a very enjoyable film that is a nice addition to the episodes even if it clunks a little bit against the flow. The essence is still there even if it must be said the longer running time and the change in the dynamics does rather reduce the fresh humor of the episodes and how accessible they were.

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