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Five Little Pigs 

Lucy Crale enlists Poirot to investigate the 14-year-old murder in which her mother was hanged for poisoning her artist father.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Crale
Amyas Crale
Philip Blake
Meredith Blake
Lucy Crale
Elsa Greer
Angela Warren
Young Angela
Mrs. Spriggs
Roger Brierley ...
Richard Teverson ...
Melissa Suffield ...
Young Lucy

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Fourteen years after her mother, Caroline Crale, was hanged for the murder of her artist father Amyas Crale, Lucy Crale asks Hercule Poirot to investigate her father's death. She is convinced that her mother was innocent but is prepared to accept the truth, whatever that may be. Poirot visits in turn all five persons present when the murder took place including Amyas' best friend, Philip Blake, who was visiting the Crales when Amyas was killed; Philip's brother Meredith from whom Caroline supposedly stole the poison used to kill her husband; Elsa Greer, who was sitting for a portrait and with whom Amyas was supposedly in love; Caroline's half sister Angela who despised Amyas but believed her sister to be innocent; and Miss Williams, the governess. Having heard the tale from five different perspectives, Poirot reunites them all to identify the murderer. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

14 December 2003 (UK)  »

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| (11 episodes)


(Kodak Vision Color Negative Film)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Gemma Jones (Miss Williams) and Toby Stephens (Philip Blake) play characters in different versions of Jane Eyre: Jones as Mrs. Fairfax in Jane Eyre (1997) and Stephens as Rochester in Jane Eyre (2006). See more »


We see young Amyas painting with his left hand. As an adult, he uses his right hand. See more »


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Five Little Pigs
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Watson, my dear chap, hand me that box of tissues, will you?
9 November 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I absolutely loved this movie. It was VERY faithful to the book. And the book is a heart-breaking novel. I was moved to tears. There was only one MAJOR change, and that was (the usual) making a character gay. There was also a tense moment at the end, with an attempted assassination of the killer. This scene was never in the novel. (It's just a tense psychological moment.) But other than that, the movie was fantastic. An enjoyable cast and great storyline, and David Suchet once again plays the unbelievable Hercule Poirot. To summarize, the movie was an enjoyable experience, faithful to the original material unlike some episodes out there (*cough* Cards on the Table *cough*). Well done!

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