Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 

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
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Roger Ackroyd
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Caroline Sheppard
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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 ...
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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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Trivia

The 1979 film, "Agatha," about the mysterious disappearance of Agatha Christie for eleven days in 1926, begins with the publication of "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd." This story is her most unusual creation as you will see at the end of the show. See more »

Goofs

During a slow right to left tracking shot of Poirot in a Blue Taxi, a very modern, black 2-way radio is lying on the running board of the car under the driver's left hand. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Davis: I don't know you, sir. What's your name?
Dr. Sheppard: This is Hercule Poirot, Inspector.
[Inspector looks at the Doctor blankly]
Dr. Sheppard: The famous detective?
Inspector Davis: [suspiciously] Oh yes? What are you doing here?
Hercule Poirot: Monsieur Ackroyd was a friend of mine, Inspector. I was with him earlier this evening.
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A Great Disappointment

For those of you who have NOT read the novel by the same name by Agatha Christie, you may indeed think my criticism of this adaptation somewhat harsh. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is easily one of the greatest mystery novels and particularly one of Christie's best ever written. It is a great novel and is definitely a hard one to truly bring to the screen(small screen in this case)entirely faithful. Allowances must be made, but the script from this adaptation meanders a good deal from much of the source material. I did not like the framing device used. Why not have the narrator in the novel narrate? How bout that hokey ending with its proverbial "shootout" to get the audience's attention? And what about Poirot cracking the case in question? These major departures from the book greatly diminished my favor with this film. It is done very stylishly. The acting is as always very good. David Suchet makes the best Poirot and certainly the most faithful to the books. But this mystery has been twisted and contorted too much so that I can only faintly see Christie. What a shame! I would have really liked to see how Suchet and company could tackle this innovative novel. I came, I saw, I sighed!


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