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

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Writers:
Agatha Christie (by)
Clive Exton (dramatized by)
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Original Air Date:
16 September 1990 (Season 3, Episode 1)
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Plot:
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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Cast

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David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot

Hugh Fraser ... Lieutenant Hastings

Philip Jackson ... 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
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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
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

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
'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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Poirot proves Alfred Inglethorpe has an alibi for buying the poison, Hastings says the investigation is "back at square one". This phrase comes from radio commentaries of football matches in the 1930's. The pitch was divided into hypothetical squares so listeners could follow the action. A team which failed to attack and was forced to defend would be "back in Square One". The phrase was unknown in 1917.See more »
Quotes:
Mary Cavendish:It's all over now.See more »

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4 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Orthopedic Cheese, 22 March 2008
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

Most of these dramatizations are inadequate and any written by Exton wash the wonder of Christie out of the thing. So the production then has to depend on luxurious sets and supposedly interesting characters.

That's not enough for me. But I do have to report that the director here has done some clever things. The lighting is atypically superb for TeeVee. There are some very nicely conceived shots that indicate Poirot's vision.

But the most interesting thing is how this director has created Poirot. He's at least slightly different in every episode, and very different in this one. The excuse, probably is that it is the earliest story.

Here he is human before being officious. He is tentative, not annoying. He is certain, not vain.

Its not played for comedy as usual. He's an earnest inquiring eye (and hand).

Most of these are trash. But at least this one is colored well.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

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