With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.
An infamous 'psychic' abandons his public persona, outing himself as a fake, to focus on his work as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation in order to find "Red John," the madman who killed his wife and daughter.
The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
S. Epatha Merkerson,
Jesse L. Martin
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 »
[while talking about the possible reasons for Arlena Stuart entering the cave]
But then the question becomes why did Arlena Stuart enter the cave?
Perhaps she was hiding from someone.
Hastings... Once again you come up with an explanation that makes everything clear.
Chief Inspector Japp:
Not to me it doesn't.
You mean she was afraid of someone?
I mean, Hastings, that there is evil on this island. And the murder that took place here was the work of a mind that was brilliant. But there is one thing the killer did not ...
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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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