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

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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

 (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
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

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Philip Jackson reprised his role of Japp in a BBC Radio 4 production, with John Moffat as PoirotSee more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
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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Poirot comes to England, 10 July 2014
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"The Mysterious Affair at Styles" marks Poirot's first mystery. Interestingly, Poirot's first and last cases take place at Styles.

Here he reconnects with a friend, Captain Hastings, whom he has not seen in some time. Hastings is recovering from an injury he received during World War I. He is staying in a mansion that has been conscripted as a hospital.

In the beginning, we see Hastings and other patients watching the newsreels which shows Belgian refugees arriving in England. This is how Poirot first came to England.

Hastings has an old friend who invites him to his place, Styles Court. He confides in Hastings that his mother has married a younger man, Alfred Inglethorp. The whole family believes that he is a golddigger.

Not long after that, Emily Inglethorp is murdered by strychnine. Hastings appeals to Poirot to investigate. Inglethorp is the obvious suspect, but are things as they seem? This is a beautifully made episode that displays the era with perfection. The story has a couple of holes, but Poirot's deductions are excellent, and even if you know the denouement, you will be intrigued by the way it unfolds.

David Suchet is the best Poirot - fastidious, cheerfully egomaniacal, and eccentric. Delightful episode.

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