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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

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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
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)
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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:
Continuity: The door of the Mrs. Inglethorp's room (that had been broken in at her death) is fixed in the early morning before Poirot's arrival.See more »
Quotes:
Hercule Poirot:Superintendent, I beg of you to allow me to ask of Mr. Inglethorp just one question.See more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Not so 'stylish' but a commendable representation of Poirot's first case, 24 May 2009
Author: sn939

The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920, is a historic novel in 2 ways: It launched the literary career of the 'Queen of Crime'-Agatha Christie and it introduced to the world the greatest fictional detective after the legendary Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot. Beyond its historical significance and the fact that it was obviously well-written with a well-constructed plot, the novel is not really considered remarkable when you stack it up against some of Christie's far superior and far more famous works published over the next several decades (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, A Murder is Announced, And Then There Were None stand out as some exceptional works), but nevertheless, it certainly deserved an adaptation of some sort which is precisely what Granada did for the centenary of Christie's birth year...

STYLES tells the story of how the Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot(David Suchet), who is a refugee from his native land during the First World War, ends up being invited by his old English friend, Arthur Hastings (Hugh Fraser) to investigate the murder of a wealthy old woman, Mrs Inglethorp, who died under mysterious circumstances in her country house, Styles Court, in the middle of the night. Poirot puts his detective skills to good use, investigating the scene of the crime, interviewing suspects and witnesses, collecting evidence and ultimately using the little 'grey cells' of the brain to discover the hidden truths of the matter. There are certainly no shortage of suspects in this case: There is Mrs. Inglethorps eldest son to consider, not to mention his wife and younger brother; there is her protégée and of course her much younger second husband who is hated by the rest of the family. Clues are in abundance as well: a smashed coffee cup, a glass of cocoa, a burnt document, a piece of green thread... The differences between STYLES and other Poirot adaptations which Suchet acted in become apparent-there is the setting to consider; Poirot is no longer (or rather, hasn't yet reached) the Art Deco settings of 1930's London; his reputation is briefly hinted at but he still isn't considered the greatest and most famous detective of Europe; Hastings too is just getting used to the idea of playing the slow sidekick to a great mind. There are also certain differences derived from the fact that this is Christie's first novel, like the abundance of clues and tangible evidence, the vast number of red herrings (later Christie stories would have more subtle psychological elements), the excessive stereotyping of the characters etc. But all this shouldn't spoil your enjoyment of a well-directed and acted TV movie. A must watch for all Christie and Poirot fans!

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