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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The Affair at the Victory Ball is not one of the better Poirot adaptations, though I do quite like the short story. As with all Poirots it is very well made and evocative in its atmosphere, everything from the scenery to the photography looks gorgeous. The score is hauntingly beautiful, the writing is intelligent with some tension and drollness and the story is always interesting and very clever with the final solution every bit as surprising as it was in the short story. The cast I also can't fault, David Suchet was born to play Poirot and Hugh Fraser and Phillip Jackson are just as entertaining. The episode was a good length, but I did think it was a little rushed with characters introduced quickly and you are in danger of missing something. A second viewing I do think is needed. Overall though, it is very solid and enjoyable. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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