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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)
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 »
User Reviews:
implausible but good production values 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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Color:
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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
implausible but good production values, 20 May 2014
Author: blanche-2 from United States

You can't expect a prolific author like Agatha Christie to hit a home run every time. And indeed, with Murder in Mesopotamia, she doesn't come up with a very believable denouement.

Poirot and Hastings go to a dig in Iraq (filmed in Tunisia). A woman there, a Mrs. Leidner, tells them an odd story. After the death of her first husband in a train accident, she continued to receive threatening letters from him whenever she began to see someone. She has always suspected his younger brother. However, she has now remarried.

Mrs. Leidner winds up dead, and other murders follow. Poirot tries to find a motive -- the woman wasn't very well liked, so there are a few suspects. And what about these letters? Agatha Christie knew something about archaeological digs thanks to her husband, Max Mallowan. And she knew how to write a good story. But she asks a little too much of the reader in this one.

As Poirot, David Suchet is marvelous, as is Hugh Fraser as Hastings, who constantly is giving Poirot woman advice since he's a married man.

We can forgive Christie's occasional slip-up -- the story is still intriguing and entertaining.

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