Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 3, Episode 10

The Affair at the Victory Ball (3 Mar. 1991)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" The Affair at the Victory Ball (original title)

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Poirot and Hastings attend the Victory Ball, a popular costume party. During the festivities, one of the guests is found stabbed to death, and another succumbs to a drug overdose the next day.

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Eustace Beltaine
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Chris Davidson
Natalie Slater ...
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Poirot attends the Victory Ball, a costume party where you are expected to dress as someone famous, as himself. However, when two members of a party of six dressed as characters from classical Italian comedy are subsequently found dead, Poirot finds himself working with Chief Inspector Japp to solve the case. The solution to the deaths of Viscount Cronshaw and Coco Courtney is to be found in determining the correct time of death and identifying an impostor at the ball. Poirot takes to the airwaves and reveals the identity of the killer on a live BBC radio broadcast. Written by garykmcd

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"Meissen" is a city located near Dresden, Germany. Both of these German cities are world famous for the manufacture of exquisite porcelain-ware. See more »

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At 46min:50 sec, Poirot leaves the radio studio through the left brass door and the camera on a tripod as well as the cameraman's reflection is seen on the closed right brass door. See more »

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Hercule Poirot: [voiceover] The Harlequinade, ancestor of the English pantomime. Six characters. Garish, grotesque. First brought to life three centuries ago by the clowns and the actors of the Italian fairgrounds. Today, mere costumed characters at a masked ball. Where now their mystery, their magic, their comedy, their tragedy?
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What a total delight to see Inspector Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) on this Poirot episode, looking so young and handsome.

In this 1991 episode, Poirot attends the Victory Ball, a costume party. Since you're supposed to go as someone famous, he attends as himself. Six people go as characters from classic Italian commedia dell'arte, which includes Arlequino, Il Capitano, Pulcinella, that crowd.

When one of them is found dead, Poirot and Inspector Japp endeavor to find the murderer. A second death follows. Poirot announces the denouement on live radio.

Very good, lively episode with Poirot his usual smart and funny self. David Suchet is so good that it's very jarring to see him when he's not Poirot, he's so different. He's complete perfection, and manages to make what could be a very stuffy, arrogant character a warm one.

Enjoyable and entertaining.


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