Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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Murder in Mesopotamia 

While Poirot is on holiday in Iraq, the wife of the head scientist at an archaeological dig confides to him that she is the target of threatening letters.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Leidner
Barbara Barnes ...
Dinah Stabb ...
Anne Johnson
Georgina Sowerby ...
Amy Leatheran
Jeremy Turner-Welch ...
Bill Coleman
Sheila Maitland
Christopher Hunter ...
Father Lavigny
Richard Carey
Iain Mitchell ...
Superintendent Maitland
Alexi Kaye Campbell ...
Joseph Mercado
Mrs. Mercado
Kamel Touati ...
Squat Man
Hichem Rostom ...
Hotel Receptionist (as Hichem Rostrom)


While accompanying his friend Hastings to a dig in Iraq, Hercule Poirot becomes involved in the murder of an archaeologist's wife. The victim, Mrs. Leidner, had been receiving threatening letters signed by her first husband, who was known to have been killed in a train wreck. Did he survive? Was it his younger brother who was avenging his memory? Did Miss Johnson get rid of her rival for her employer's affections? Did Richard Carey kill the woman he publically announces that he hates? Is the French priest really who he pretends to be? And how many deaths will occur before Poirot unmasks the murderer? Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Release Date:

8 July 2001 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When in the Bagdad hotel Superintendent Maitland and Poirot enter the room with the "dead" body of Joseph Mercado, you can see the actor of Mercado just open his left eye preparing the subsequent close shot of his face. See more »


Anne Johnson: [excavating the body of a child] Poor little beggar! He's about... six years old I'd say. Sent into the next world with nothing but a little pot and a couple of bead necklaces.
Hercule Poirot: Perhaps that is all any of us need, Mademoiselle Johnson.
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Thanks to the Archeological Site of Oudhna. See more »

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Death in the desert
28 May 2016 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Hercule Poirot is in Baghdad, Iraq, to meet an old acquaintance when he is invited to a nearby archaeological dig by his old friend Captain Hastings. The dig is being led by famed archaeologist, Dr Leidner. He is accompanied by his beautiful wife, her nurse - Amy Leatheran, his long-time archaeological partner - Richard Carey, his assistant - Anne Johnson, a priest - Father Lavigny, another archaeologist - Joseph Mercado, his wife and a team of local workers. The night before Poirot arrives one of the locals is murdered on the dig site. A short time after arriving the site, Mrs Leidner is spooked by a mask at her window, leading her to confide to Poirot that she is receiving death threats. They are purported from her long-dead first husband but she suspects they are from his brother. The next day, Mrs Leidner is found dead in her room, having received a savage blow to the head. There is only one way into her room, through the main courtyard, a very public place, and nobody saw anyone enter her room. How on earth was she then murdered? More importantly, who did it?

The usual intrigue, this time in a very exotic setting. Great location and scenery. Plot has a rather far-fetched backstory, but is very interesting nonetheless. Murder method is rather ingenious and very difficult to work out in advance. Once it is revealed, however, the murderer is easy to figure out.

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