Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 8, Episode 1

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (2 Jan. 2000)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (original title)

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Poirot comes out of retirement when his industrialist friend is brutally murdered a short while after a local widow who was suspected of killing her husband commits suicide.

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Dr. Sheppard
Malcolm Terris ...
Roger Ackroyd
Selina Cadell ...
Caroline Sheppard
Daisy Beaumont ...
Ursula Bourne
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Flora Ackroyd
Nigel Cooke ...
Geoffrey Raymond
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Ralph Paton
Roger Frost ...
Parker
Vivien Heilbron ...
Mrs. Ackroyd
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Inspector Davis
Rosalind Bailey ...
Mrs. Ferrars
Liz Kettle ...
Mrs. Folliott
Charles Simon ...
Hammond
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Living quietly in the small village of King's Abbot, sleuth Hercule Poirot becomes involved in the murder of successful industrialist Roger Ackroyd. The number of potential killers is almost as great as the population of the village itself. As Poirot investigates he sees that there might be a connection to the suicide of a local woman, and the death the previous year of her husband. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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In the scene where Ackroyd's butler, Parker, is drunk and staggering down the road, the car behind him stops. Visible for a brief instant is the car's license plate, COU 313. In the very next scene as the car begins its run, the license plate has changed to JHX 473. See more »

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Roger Ackroyd: Look, I might as well tell you this, Poirot. I've been, well, in love with Dorothy Ferrars for years. She telephoned me yesterday, very upset, wanted to see me. She broke down completely. She told me everything: her hatred of that brute of a husband, her growing feelings for me, and the dreadful means she'd taken to - poison! Murder... cold-blooded murder!
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The Murder of "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd"
29 January 2004 | by (Cambridge) – See all my reviews

I shan't talk about the plot, because that would ruin it.

Agatha Christie readers could not have possibly have imagined that the adaptation would be this poor. It takes one of Agatha Christie's best novels, and butchers the story, removes half the suspects. It then inserts periods of boring introspection by the detective as he visits his old flat in Whitehaven Mansions.

Moreover, in the novel, most of the characters had some redeeming qualities. All humanity seems to have been stripped out of them in this adaptation. As a result, viewers who have not read the book would probably care even less who the murderer turns out to be.

Fans always knew that this novel would be one of the hardest to adapt, because there is relatively more narrative, and there is less banter than in the Poirot-Hastings stories such as the ABC murders. However, the recent excellent adaptation of Sad Cypress showed that it is possible to convert the moodier, less conversational mysteries to the screen.

A film that is inadequate for first-time viewers and bookreaders alike.


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