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"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Murder in Mesopotamia (2001)

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Agatha Christie (based on the novel by)
Clive Exton (dramatized by)
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Original Air Date:
8 July 2001 (Season 8, Episode 2)
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Decent on its own merits, but a mediocre adaptation of Chrisite's novel See more (13 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot

Hugh Fraser ... Hastings

Ron Berglas ... Dr. Leidner
Barbara Barnes ... Mrs. Leidner
Dinah Stabb ... Anne Johnson
Georgina Sowerby ... Amy Leatheran
Jeremy Turner-Welch ... Bill Coleman

Pandora Clifford ... Sheila Maitland
Christopher Hunter ... Father Lavigny
Christopher Bowen ... Richard Carey
Iain Mitchell ... Superintendent Maitland
Alexi Kaye Campbell ... Joseph Mercado
Deborah Poplett ... Mrs. Mercado
Kamel Touati ... Squat Man
Hichem Rostom ... Hotel Receptionist (as Hichem Rostrom)
Zouheir Bornaz ... Police Sergeant (as Zoubeir Bornaz)
Dejeb Magri ... Murdered Man (as Rejeb Magri)
Hammadi Maaroufi ... Workman
Ramzi Brari ... Abdullah (as Ramzi Brairi)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Tom Clegg 
 
Writing credits
Agatha Christie (based on the novel by)

Clive Exton (dramatized by)

Produced by
Phil Clymer .... executive producer: Chorion plc
Simon Crawford Collins .... associate producer
Brian Eastman .... producer
Delia Fine .... executive producer: A&E Television Networks
Kris Slava .... supervising producer: A&E Television Networks
 
Original Music by
Christopher Gunning 
 
Cinematography by
Kevin Rowley (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Chris Wimble 
 
Casting by
Anne Henderson 
 
Production Design by
Rob Hinds 
 
Art Direction by
Paul Booth 
Nigel Evans 
Henry Jaworski 
 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Holdich 
 
Makeup Department
Sarah Grundy .... make-up
Kate Hodgson .... makeup artist
Teresa Kelly .... makeup artist
Jane Tyler .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Charles Hubbard .... production supervisor: Tunisia
Moez Kamoun .... production manager: Tunisia
Abdelaziz Ben Mlouka .... CTV production audio visuelle
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roger Simons .... first assistant
Marios Hamboulides .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Danny Pruett .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Elyes Zrelli .... co-first assistant director: Tunisia (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Marshall Aver .... buyer (as Marshal Aver)
Steve Bohan .... construction
Khaled Joulak .... art director: Tunisia
Mike Killman .... property master
Rob MacPherson .... stand-by props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Peter Bond .... sound editing
Sandy MacRae .... sound recordist
Mike Reardon .... boom operator
Ian Tapp .... dubbing mixer
Oliver Tarney .... sound editing
 
Stunts
Jason White .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Buckley .... grip
Kenny Sykes .... gaffer
Tony Woodcock .... camera operator
Jason Wrenn .... focus puller
Chris Samworth .... camera loader (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Julie Harkin .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Del Colley .... wardrobe
Mandy Harper .... wardrobe (as Mandy Dunn)
Pat Williamson .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Hermione Byrt .... assistant editor (as Hermone Byrt)
Justin Eely .... on-line editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Beharrell .... accounts
Marissa Cowell .... script supervisor
Kora McNulty-Klimov .... co-ordinator (as Kora McNulty)
Stuart O'Rourke .... production assistant
Penelope Beharrell .... accounts (uncredited)
Philippa Day .... production coordinator: Tunisia (uncredited)
Elton Farla .... medic (uncredited)
 

Series Crew
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Sound Department
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
 
Other crew
Mark Albela .... location manager
Daren Thomas .... location runner
 
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Additional Details

Runtime:
100 min | UK:100 min (14 episodes)
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Certification:
Portugal:M/12 (DVD rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2001)

Did You Know?

Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Bill Coleman:[after going over a bump while driving his jeep at high speed through the desert] Whoops!
Hercule Poirot:[groaning with discomfort] Unh!
Bill Coleman:That was a good one!
Hastings:[with annoyance] We don't have to get there in five minutes, you know!
Bill Coleman:That's half the fun. You're growing old, Ucle Arthur.
Hercule Poirot:Mr. Coleman, I myself have aged ten years since entering this auto mobile.
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10 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Decent on its own merits, but a mediocre adaptation of Chrisite's novel, 4 October 2006
Author: kdmagnusson from Albuquerque

This episode of David Suchet's Poirot series is entertaining enough, but strays quite a bit from Dame Agatha's novel. Nurse Leatheran is removed from her role as narrator and assistant to the great detective, similar to that of Dr. Sheppard in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (the same adjustment is made in the TV adaptation of that book). The assistant role is then mostly filled by Captain Hastings, who does not appear at all in the novel. At least two members of the archaeological team (and therefore that many potential suspects) are removed from the story, and some that are left in (including the main victim) are not developed even to the degree that they are in the novel. Christie is always fairly minimalist in her character development; characters are explained only as much as the plot requires, and this adaptation falls short even to that degree. To satisfy TV's blood lust, I guess, there is also an additional murder in this adaptation. Most of the changes to the story have the effect of granting Monsieur Poirot additional screen time and importance, which is understandable for TV, especially given how good Suchet is in this role, but is very far from the novel, in which Poirot does not appear until after the first murder, well into the story.

Those who have problems with the more recent Geraldine McEwan "Miss Marple" series might not like this very much either, though it does at least resemble the original in most important plot points. It's not bad, but in my opinion, the story as originally written was much more interesting.

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