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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)
Genre:
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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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:
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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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
You want art? - Don't watch TV, 13 April 2003
Author: Philby-3 from Sydney, Australia

After 12 years of playing Poirot, David Suchet has the part off pat, and it is hard to imagine anyone doing it better. This 2000 TV film is an adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1936 novel of the same name and the location – an archaeological dig in Mesopotamia – and is made the more authentic by Christie's first hand experience with her husband, archaeologist Max Mallowan. Despite the exotic locale however the story is the familiar country house murder mystery in which by observation and deduction the great detective finds the culprit without a lot of help from his sidekick, the jolly Hastings (Hugh Fraser) or anybody else.

What is quite striking about this story as filmed is the utter flatness of all the other characters. To some extent this is a product of the fact that none of the actors is well known, but the script doesn't help either. They are simply boring (the Arabs are non-starters). Their function is to listen to Poriot, provide him with information or disinformation and to die when necessary. Actually one of the victims (Ms Leidner) has an interesting past but she is too pathetic to hold our sympathy. Perhaps the producers were trying to save money on salaries but the cast are not a prepossessing lot.

On the other hand the production values (for a TV movie) aren't bad and much of the film was shot in Tunisia around a real `dig'. (Iraq, alas, was not available). Hercule Poirot, always immaculately dressed and amusingly fussy, can always hold our attention even if he is to a large extent the puppetmaster. Although he makes mistakes along the way we can be assured the characters will fit his theories in the end.

Lousy art but good television.

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