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

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Agatha Christie's Poirot: Season 3: Episode 1 -- Hercule Poirot's abililty to crack the thorniest criminal cases with unparalleled savoir faire has made Dame Agatha Christie's brilliant sleuth the most-watched detective in the history of the PBS Mystery! series and a resounding hit on A&E.      Set in the summer of 1917, The Mysterious Affair at Styles follows the war-wounded Hastings (Hugh Fraser) to the Styles St. Mary estate of his friend John Cavendish. The Cavendish household is wrought with tension due to the marriage of John's widowed mother to a suspicious younger man. In the village, Hastings runs into his old friend Hercule Poirot (David Suchet), a famous Belgian detective. When the estate's trouble turns deadly, the friends unite to solve a most baffling case


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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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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cole Henderson ... Driver (uncredited)

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
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Australia:M | Finland:K-12 (2015) | UK:PG (video rating) (1991) (1999) (2005)

Did You Know?

Philip Jackson reprised his role of Japp in a BBC Radio 4 production, with John Moffat as PoirotSee more »
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 »
Hercule Poirot:Superintendent, I beg of you to allow me to ask of Mr. Inglethorp just one question.See more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
One of my favourites of the series, 6 April 2011
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

The Mysterious Affair at Styles(the book to introduce the quintessential detective) is not my favourite Agatha Christie novel, but it was a great read with memorable characters, fine atmosphere and a carefully-constructed plot. This adaptation of the book is not my favourite episode of the wonderful Agatha Christie:Poirot series, but it is ever bit as compelling as the book and more.

The characters are still memorable, Poirot is still the clever and eccentric detective we know and love, Hastings is appropriately naive and Japp is still amusing. Supporting cast wise, Albert especially is very shifty. The plot is very clever and careful, with the odd logical lapse, and sticks fairly faithfully to that of the book. And the atmosphere is also there, not haunting as it is in Hickory Dickory Dock, One, Two, Buckle My Buckle or The ABC Murders, but a lot of scenes left an impression, especially Emily Inglethorp's death scene and the final solution.

On its own terms, The Mysterious Affair at Styles works wonders. The adaptation is shot in a very sumptuous visual style with interesting camera-angles, luxurious costumes and breathtaking scenery and evoking of the period. The music is not the best there is in these adaptations, but it is still beautiful and haunting as it should be, the dialogue is thoughtful and intelligent with the odd spot of humour and the direction is very well done making this episode I feel one of the better-directed early episodes.

The cast are also magnificent. David Suchet is an outstanding Poirot and nails everything about the detective down to the appearance, accent and mannerisms. Hugh Fraser gives one of his better performances of the series and Phillip Jackson is a joy. The supporting cast are high-calibre across the board, with Michael Cronin, Robert Calf and Gillian Barge particularly standing out.

In conclusion, a fine adaptation and one of my favourites of the series. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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