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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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"This investigation is marching more slowly than I had expected" See more (12 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:
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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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
"This investigation is marching more slowly than I had expected", 23 March 2008
Author: gridoon2014

Hercule Poirot receives a telegram from the Russian countess he had met in a previous adventure (see the episode "Double Clue" for more info) asking him to come to Bagdad to help her on an urgent matter. He does, but she is nowhere to be found. But the journey is not all for naught; pretty soon he gets caught up in the investigation of the murder of the wife of an esteemed archaeologist working in the area. The woman had been receiving threatening anonymous letters that seemed to have been written by her long considered dead first husband, and, much like an archaeologist, Poirot thinks that he must dig into the past in order to solve the mystery.

My one-line summary is a quote from Poirot himself, and it gives you an idea of the pacing of this episode. Not that it is bad, mind you; the production values are great (easily on par with the theatrically released Ustinov film "Appointment With Death"), and the killing method itself is haunting and cruelly ingenious. However, there is also a crucial timing inconsistency in this episode: not wanting to spoil anything, I'll just say that something that lasts about 10 seconds when it happens for the first time, lasts at least 30 seconds when Poirot's customary narration at the end replays it from another perspective. Comedic highlight: Poirot's battle with a mosquito in the middle of the night. (**1/2)

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