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
This story can be found in a couple of collections of short stories written by Agatha Christie; "Poirot's Early Cases" and "The Underdog and Other Stories". See more »
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 »
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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