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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 4)
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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 »
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Good, if rather slow adaptation of a wonderful book! See more (11 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)
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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:
Hastings:But why would she write threatening letters to herself?
Hercule Poirot:O, I think that would be an assumption too great to make, Hastings, on the grounds of the similarity of the handwritings. But if it were so, it would not be an occurence unheard-of.
Hastings:Pretty ruddy silly if you ask me.
Hercule Poirot:Ah, well, if only people would ask you, Hastings, they would refrain from the ruddy silliness.
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Good, if rather slow adaptation of a wonderful book!, 29 June 2009
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Murder in Mesopotamia, I have always considered one of the better Poirot books, as it is very creepy and has an ingenious ending. There is no doubt that the TV adaptation is visually striking, with some lovely photography and a very haunting music score. As always David Suchet is impeccable as Hercule Poirot, the comedic highlight of the episode being Poirot's battle with a mosquito in the middle of the night, and Hugh Fraser is good as the rather naive Captain Hastings. The remainder of the cast turn in decent performances, but are careful not to overshadow the two leads, a danger in some Christie adaptations. Some of the episode was quite creepy, a juxtaposition of an episode as tragic as Five Little Pigs, an episode that I enjoyed a lot more than this one. What made it creepy in particular, putting aside the music was when Louise Leidner sees the ghostly face through the window. About the adaptation, it was fairly faithful to the book, but I will say that there were three things I didn't like. The main problem was the pacing, it is rather slow, and there are some scenes where very little happens. I didn't like the fact also that they made Joseph Mercado a murderer. In the book, I see him as a rather nervous character, but the intervention of the idea of making him a murderer, and under-developing that, made him a less appealing character, though I am glad they didn't miss his drug addiction. (I also noticed that the writers left out the fact that Mrs Mercado in the book falls into hysteria when she believes she is the murderer's next victim.) The other thing that wasn't so impressive was that I felt that it may have been more effective if the adaptation had been in the viewpoint of Amy Leatheran, like it was in the book, Amy somehow seemed less sensitive in the adaptation. On the whole, despite some misjudgements on the writers' behalf, I liked Murder in Mesopotamia. 7/10 Bethany Cox.

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