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

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Agatha Christie (based on the novel 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 »
User Reviews:
A Great Disappointment See more (22 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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
Chas Early ... Constable Jones (as Charles Early)
Graham Chinn ... Landlord

Clive Brunt ... Naval Officer
Alice Hart ... Mary
Philip Wrigley ... Postman
Phil Atkinson ... Ted
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Gielgud ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Tony Red Richards ... Villager (uncredited)

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

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 .... 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)
 
Location Management
Joel Holmes .... locations
 
Transportation Department
Mark-Oliver-Tlo .... picture car coordinator: picture cars
 
Other crew
Jeffrey Broom .... accounts
Laura Goulding .... script supervisor
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
 
Location Management
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 | Finland:K-11 (DVD) (2007) | UK:12 (video rating) (2000)

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Trivia:
At the beginning of this episode, the newly-retired Hercule Poirot is not using his trademark silver swan-handled cane in favor of one with a black tusk-shaped handle. When Poirot returns to London, the swan cane is once again in his hand. No explanation is given for the swap.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[Last lines]
Hercule Poirot:I thought I could escape the wickedness of the city by moving to the country. The fields that are green, the singing of the birds, the faces, smiling and friendly. Huh! The fields that are green are the secret burial places of murders most hideous. The birds sing only briefly before some idiot in tweed shoots them. And the faces all smiling and friendly, what do they conceal?
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26 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A Great Disappointment, 14 August 2005

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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