Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 8, Episode 2

Murder in Mesopotamia (8 Jul. 2001)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Murder in Mesopotamia (original title)

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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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Dr. Leidner
Barbara Barnes ...
Dinah Stabb ...
Anne Johnson
Georgina Sowerby ...
Amy Leatheran
Jeremy Turner-Welch ...
Bill Coleman
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Sheila Maitland
Christopher Hunter ...
Father Lavigny
Christopher Bowen ...
Richard Carey
Iain Mitchell ...
Superintendent Maitland
Alexi Kaye Campbell ...
Joseph Mercado
Deborah Poplett ...
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Kamel Touati ...
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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 <mvg@whidbey.com>

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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 »

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Hercule Poirot: ...the people most important that you deal with are those that are dead.
Dr. Leidner: But you don't have as much paper work.
[laughs]
Hercule Poirot: [amused] For the world it is drowning in paper.
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Murder in Mesopotamia??
28 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

Worst adaptation ever! If screenwriters have such wonderful ideas about how Christie should have written her stories, they are more than welcome to write their own books! This story was nicely narrated by a nurse and Poirot was supposed to enter the scene a little bit later. Hastings did not appear in the original. I gather that all the unfortunate changes of this adaptation are for viewers to "enjoy" the duo. If you consider the narrative structure of the original, the changes were quite important, and they totally failed to capture the novel's atmosphere . Really, this show changing the endings, the new adaptations of Miss Marple doing the same thing and even the Poirot and Marple manga!!! I guess the grandson has to bleed the copyrights dry before they expire...


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