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

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Writers:
Agatha Christie (novel)
Clive Exton (dramatized by)
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Original Air Date:
2 January 2000 (Season 8, 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:
Oui, oui! A bad Hercule Poirot episode, mon ami! See more (16 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:
Anachronisms: At the airport a modern day Cessna can be seen taking off.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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Movie Connections:
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14 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Oui, oui! A bad Hercule Poirot episode, mon ami!, 1 February 2001
Author: El Cine from Southeastern Massachusetts

Too bad. What should have been an intriguing and shocking Christie mystery ended up as a run-of-the-mill, made-for-TV mess --- the worst thing that a Poirot episode can be. The only shocking things about it are how the book was rewritten so much, and how the action unfolded in such a cheesy manner. I understand that some variations may help when trying to translate a novel to the screen, but, really, when three main suspects have been omitted, another perpetually ignored throughout the production, and another killed off during the movie (and NOT during the book!!), something is seriously wrong. Not to mention all of the swearing and gratuitous violence absent from the book and unbecoming of a Poirot film with David Suchet. Did we really need to see Roger Ackroyd gurgling and shaking his jowls for three minutes after getting stabbed in the neck? And what was going on with that climax? Was the director trying to recreate the chemical plant scenes from "Batman"? And there were many more butchered parts, too.

The first step towards making the film more interesting would have been putting the Dr. Sheppard character into more of a "Captain Hastings" role, a sidekick for Poirot, as he was in Christie's book. This would increase his relevance to the story and make the ending more effective. Of course, the whole production would have to be redone from the ground up to make it good. Sadly, Suchet probably won't be involved with such a remake since he has already been used for this misfire. At least he and Phillip Jackson picked up paychecks for their trouble.

Such a disappointment, especially compared to the recent A&E version of "Lord Edgeware Dies", which was nicely done, and also featured Suchet and company.

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