Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 8, Episode 1

Evil Under the Sun (13 Jul. 2003)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Evil Under the Sun (original title)

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Poirot's rehabilitative health retreat on an island resort becomes an even more stimulating mental exercise when a flirtatious film star is found strangled on a nearby beach.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tamzin Malleson ...
Tim Meats ...
Stephen Lane
Rosamund Darnley
Carolyn Pickles ...
David Mallinson ...
Ian Thompson ...
David Timson ...
Rosalind March ...


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

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The hotel where "Evil Under the Sun" was filmed is the one where Agatha Christie wrote the book "Evil Under the Sun". 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 »


Miss Lemon: [Poirot is on his way to Hastings' El Ranchero restaurant] You look very smart Mr Poirot.
Hercule Poirot: You think so Miss Lemon? It is true.
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Version of Evil Under the Sun (1982) See more »

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Better than Ustinov but...
14 July 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

David Suchet is, for me, the authoritative Hercule and I must admit that Ustinov wore out his welcome with me a long time ago so I'm not well-disposed towards his version despite Diana and Maggie.

But, I find this version has the problem that most of the other Suchets have: there is an insistence of getting Hastings, Japp and Lemon into the story no matter what. In Christie, Hastings disappeared early in the series and Japp was only one of the inspectors. Lemon too didn't always appear. In this case, I find their appearance quite strained.

The presentation is good but the mystery is contrived (Agatha's fault.) and the culprits somewhat obvious.

7 out of 10.

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