Recovering from a sudden collapse, Poirot finds little comfort in doctor's orders confining him to a strict regimen at an island health resort with Captain Hastings. However, better medicine is to be found in the murder of another guest, a famous film actress, and a long list of suspects. Written by
Mark Cabot Robinson
Filmed on Burgh Island, Devon, which also inspired Christie's book "And Then There Were None". See more »
During the flashback of Hastings reading the telegram received by Arlena Stuart, he says "Send the money now or you will lose a great deal", but the word "now" does not appear in the typed telegram shown on screen. See more »
I think the 1982 version is one of the better Peter Ustinov outings, but this one is a solid attempt of recreating a truly complex mystery. It is beautifully shot with stunning scenery and photography and the music was memorable. David Suchet, as always, is impeccable as Hercule Poirot. He doesn't need to be loud to be Hercule Poirot, but his french/Belgian accent convinced me perfectly, and at least he looks the part of Hercule Poirot. Hugh Fraser and Phillip Jackson gave solid support as Hastings and Japp, as did Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon. The episode starts with Poirot having a heart attack, and is ordered to stay on an island, where a rather sinister murder occurs. A fine ensemble of actors and actresses acquit themselves well, particularly Michael Higgs as Redfern. The final solution is among Agatha Christie's best, very thought-provoking and almost impossible. Though my only complaint is I wasn't sure, about whether the drugs subplot had anything to do with the book, as I haven't read it, but it could well be. Also the actress of Arlena Marshall, lacked the style that Diana Rigg brought to the Peter Ustinov version. In conclusion, a beautifully shot and complex mystery with an 8.5/10 Bethany Cox.
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