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"Agatha Christie's Poirot" The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (2000)

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Agatha Christie (novel)
Clive Exton (dramatized by)
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Original Air Date:
2 January 2000 (Season 7, Episode 1)
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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none of the punch of the novel See more (18 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot

Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp

Oliver Ford Davies ... Dr. Sheppard
Malcolm Terris ... Roger Ackroyd
Selina Cadell ... Caroline Sheppard
Daisy Beaumont ... Ursula Bourne

Flora Montgomery ... Flora Ackroyd
Nigel Cooke ... Geoffrey Raymond

Jamie Bamber ... Ralph Paton
Roger Frost ... Parker
Vivien Heilbron ... Mrs. Ackroyd

Gregor Truter ... Inspector Davis
Rosalind Bailey ... Mrs. Ferrars
Liz Kettle ... Mrs. Folliott
Charles Simon ... Hammond
Charles Early ... Constable Jones
Graham Chinn ... Landlord

Clive Brunt ... Naval Officer
Alice Hart ... Mary
Philip Wrigley ... Postman
Phil Atkinson ... Ted
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Red Richards ... Villager (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Andrew Grieve 
 
Writing credits
Agatha Christie (novel)

Clive Exton (dramatized by)

Produced by
Brian Eastman .... producer
Delia Fine .... executive producer: for A&E Television Networks
Peter Hider .... associate producer
Kris Slava .... supervising producer: for A&E Television Networks
 
Original Music by
Christopher Gunning 
 
Cinematography by
Chris O'Dell (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Webb 
 
Casting by
Anne Henderson 
 
Production Design by
Rob Harris 
 
Art Direction by
Katie Driscoll  (as Katie Buckley)
 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Holdich 
 
Makeup Department
Sarah Grundy .... makeup artist
Kate Hodgson .... makeup artist
Pam Meager .... make-up
 
Production Management
Nick Girvan .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David MacDonald .... first assistant (as David Macdonald)
Marios Hamboulides .... assistant director (uncredited)
Chris Hider .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Nathaniel McCullagh .... daily assistant director (uncredited)
Nathaniel McCullagh .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Daniel Toland .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Dave Channon .... construction
Tina Jones .... set dresser
Katie Lee .... buyer
Mickey Lennon .... property master (as Micky Lennon)
Garry Dawson .... stand by props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Sandy MacRae .... sound recordist
Sarah Morton .... sound editing
Mike Reardon .... boom operator
Ian Tapp .... dubbing mixer
Oliver Tarney .... sound editing
Ian Tapp .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Joss Gower .... stunt double (uncredited)
Richard Hammatt .... stunts (uncredited)
Jason White .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vince Goddard .... gaffer
Ricky Hall .... grip
Jamie Harcourt .... camera operator
David Hedges .... focus puller (as Dave Hedges)
Martin Cox .... electrician (uncredited)
Martin Gooch .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Lorraine Luke .... camera loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lezli Everitt .... wardrobe
Steven Kirkby .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Bruce Everett .... post-production
Tony Tromp .... assistant editor
Cherry Brewer .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Justin Eely .... on-line editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jeffrey Broom .... accounts
Joel Holmes .... locations
Suzanne McGeachan .... script supervisor (as Suzanne Clegg)
Dawn Mortimer .... co-ordinator
Michael Morton .... with the co-operation of the estate of
Jeffrey Bruce .... accountant (uncredited)
Pauline Hume .... title designer (uncredited)
Jen Lambert .... unit nurse (uncredited)
Tracey Nicholls .... secretary (uncredited)
 

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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Certification:
Australia:M | UK:12 (video rating) (2000)

Did You Know?

Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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:
Hercule Poirot:[reading from the murderer's journal] "Our only captain of industry is the vulgarian Mr. Roger Ackroyd. The factory from which Ackroyd's ill-gotten wealth emanates, encapsulates the life we lead here: ferment and turmoil... It is here that he lines his pockets by combining unlikely chemicals to make unnecessary products while befouling the very air we breathe. He likes to think of himself as a scientist."See more »
Movie Connections:
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none of the punch of the novel, 13 February 2015
Author: blanche-2 from United States

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was, I believe, the first Agatha Christie I read, so many years ago it's frightening. I do remember a lot about it, though, and watched this episode with great anticipation.

Unlike some on this board, I couldn't possibly remember some of the book details that were left out, but I knew something was missing. The book packed such a wallop, it was breathtaking.

This episode, alas, seemed ordinary to me.

Hercule Poirot has retired to King's Abbott and is working on growing marrow. When a friend of his, Roger Ackroyd, is found murdered in his home, Poirot looks into the case. Inspector Japp joins him, so the to old friends are reunited.

Just the day before, there had been the suicide of Mrs. Dorothy Ferrars. She was Roger's great love. Poirot begrudgingly is pulled further into the case, where he tries to figure out the motive as he sorts through suspects: a secretly married couple, Mrs. Ackroyd, etc.

From the beginning, Poirot reads a journal, the journal of the murderer. In the book, the story is narrated by someone else. Also, there is no second murder. Japp was not present; it was an antagonistic inspector. Poirot's actual Hastings in this story was Dr. Sheppard, who has a small role here.

What a shame -- of all the stories to wreck, this is the one they picked. I'm a little disappointed in the Christie estate. They sold these stories without any care of what would happen to them.

I loved Suchet, as always, and Japp.

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